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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...
Triple comb. fire engine. ex – Sierra Vista, AZ

Triple comb. fire engine. ex – Sierra Vista, AZ

Howe Fire Apparatus built over 400 of these 500 gpm rigs on Ford chassis for the U.S. Navy in World War II.  After the War it was sold as surplus to the small town of Sierra Vista, in the Fry Fire District of southeast Arizona.  There it served for many years.  Its...
Model T fire engine. Ex – Germantown, IL.

Model T fire engine. Ex – Germantown, IL.

Ford / Howe Model T Pumper.  1918.  The Howe Fire Apparatus Company adapted its fire pump and booster tank to a Ford Model T chassis for several hundred of these modest little pumpers for the U.S. Army in World War I.  This one went as surplus in 1920 to the...