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Type 400 Senior fire engine used in Burlington, IA

Type 400 Senior fire engine used in Burlington, IA

The earliest motorized American fire engines, which appeared around 1910, used an engine called the T-Head:  a single row of four to six pistons  were cast in sets of two in the shape of a large “T”.  One side of the T contained valves for the fuel intake, and the...
Triple Combination Fire Engine. Ex- Pullman, WA FD.

Triple Combination Fire Engine. Ex- Pullman, WA FD.

This engine was delivered to the Volunteer Fire Department of Pullman, Washington, where it was in first line service until 1961, when it was placed out of service and sold to a retired Pullman firefighter.  He used it in parades for about thirty years.  It was sold...
Triple comb. fire engine. Ex – Slinger, WI

Triple comb. fire engine. Ex – Slinger, WI

Rural communities purchased rigs like this for  use by their fire departments.  Built on a Ford chassis with the famous “flat head” V-8 engine, with a hose bed, booster tank and pump by the Pirsch Fire Apparatus Company,  the rig was both capable and affordable.  It...
Junior aerial truck. ex – Staunton, VA.

Junior aerial truck. ex – Staunton, VA.

The town of Staunton, Virginia maintained this rig in its original condition.  It was a very advanced design — America’s first entirely hydraulically powered aerial with a metal ladder and hydraulic outriggers.  It also had Seagrave’s powerful 250 horsepower...