Maxim built engines and ladder trucks primarily for the volunteer fire departments of New England and the Middle Atlantic states. The company enjoyed a high reputation for quality, especially its ladders.
This medium capacity engine has a 500 gpm pump, a large 300 gallon water tank, and an advanced power booster hose reel. Its cab is enclosed, a novelty in the 1940s.
It served the Volunteer Fire Department of Cheshire, Connecticut, which donated the rig to the Hall of Flame in 1984. It is awaiting restoration.