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    Question Your oldest apparatus?

    How old is your departments oldest apparatus? Not any antique parade equipment, rather trucks that are still in service. You know - the "old girl" that sits in the back of the station but can still run with the best of 'em.

    Ours is a 1977 Chevy, 1500gal tanker. It has more man hours than miles. Literally.
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    our departments oldest is my companies engine, we have a 1989 e-one pumper, not that old and can still run with the rest if not beat em
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    We have two that are aged like a fine wine, the first
    one is a 1971 Peter Pirsch open cab Pumper, with a total
    cab referb in 1988. Second, we have a 1972 Ford rescue
    truck with a Boyertown walk-in box. Both pieces are in
    service and serve our company with pride. The rescue
    truck is currently for sale, as a replacement has been
    bought.

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    Our oldest piece is a 1970 Oren/GMC 1500 Gallon tanker that has a 400 GPM pump. It had more engine and punp hours than it does mileage. We are getting ready to put bids out to replace this old ride. It anly makes about 12 runs a year, but is needed for interstate and areas that the water supply is critical.

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    Does brush trucks count? We have a 1954 willy's jeep, that can go just about anywhere. We have a little electric pump and a 50 gallon water tank. If you think that ain't much, well we don't get the big wildfire's like out west,just your typical little woods fire, grass fire.

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    we have a 1969 GMC custom pickup truck still in service as our brush/ramp truck. It dosent go out on runs very often but it is a cool truck.
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    I don't recall the actual year... I believe it's a 1972... but it's our department's only Mack, and our only truck with a standard transmission. And actually, the only Mack truck in the area as far as I know. Everybody seems to make a big deal about it when it pulls into their stations for coverage. It's old, but it's been retrofitted to keep up with the rest of our newer trucks. It generally gets waterhole duty, and is a great pumper. It'll just hum along for hours and hours with no problem.

    There's kind of a cockeyed picture of it on our website... It's Engine Tank 320.

    http://www.ashfordfire.org/apparatus.html

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    1961 International 4x4 Brush Truck. She's been a real workhorse for the past 40 years, but is definitely ready to retire as soon as our new Ford F550 Crew Cab 4x4 Brush Truck is ready to go.

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    Hmmm - Looks like I may have to do some research on Oren now - looks like they were popular in VA.

    We have/had a 1972 Oren/GMC 300 GPM PTO (Pump & Roll PTO) Pump w/ 1000 Gal tank. The truck was just replaced in our station at the end of last year - the truck then went to our Outpost station (soon to be a stand alone department of their own) and is STILL a first run piece.
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    Our oldest truck is our Engine. It's a 1968 GMC Pumper, made by Boardman. It is a Class A Pumper with a 500 gallon tank. Still has everything original on it including the roof ladder. Well I take that back the hose has been replaced. After that most of our trucks are in the 70s decade.
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    our oldest truck is a 1974 maxim it is the only manual transmisson truck in the deptment and is probaly gonna get replaced in the next few years

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    Our oldest piece is our brush truck - it's a 1960-something ex-army jeep - it's kinda moody, but when it's running good, it is one heck of a good brush-beater - it's one of those brush trucks that you don't have to worry about scratching the paint or knocking off marker lights, you just go out in the woods and get the job done.

    My favorite piece I've ever had the pleasure of riding, though, was the first-out pumper when I first joined the fire department - it was in 1980 and our first-due pumper was a '59 Chevy with a 427 engine, dual exhausts (I don't think it had any mufflers) and a 5-speed manual with 2-speed rear. It had a 500 gpm pump and a 500 gallon tank and riding on the back step of that baby was awesome - especially when one of the guys who really knew how to make it get up and go was behind the wheel

    Rittner, cool pumper/tanker - that's an R-model, right?
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    Our oldest truck is the second-out engineó-a 1961 Ford/Central (first out is a 1962 Ford/Central).

    With the exception of the Chiefís vehicle (1990 Jeep Cherokee), the NEWEST truck we have is a 1986 Chevy 5/4 4x4 brush truck.

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    Our oldest is a 1978 International 1900 series 4 x 4 tanker. 1500 gal tank and 120GPM wildland pump. It is used mostly for wildland support. It has a mighty 150 HP diesel and a 5 speed tranny.

    I have a lot in common with it. We are both old, big, slow, smoke and smell funny. It can get into places other tankers cannot and it routinely follows brush rigs into rough terrain area for support.

    Our newest apparatus, soon to be in service is a 2001 F-450 4 x 4 brush rig. We build our own. Diesel, 300 gal tank, foam injection system and 120 gpm wildland pump mounted on an aluminum flat bed with tool boxes. It meets NWCG type 6 engine standards.

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    Our oldest piece is an 1985 GMC 3500 Brush Truck with a skid mount pump and a tiny 29,000 odometer reading. Its ugly, its been wrecked, but still runs fine.
    Our oldest pumper is a 1989 Spartan/E-One pumper.
    The newest piece is a 2001 Spartan/Hackney Heavy Rescue Squad that we took delivery of back in December.

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    Our oldest is a 1981 (I believe) Hahn, that is 2nd or 3rd out depending on the time of day. It just had hard suction mounted on to it, and it runs pretty good, though it'll probably be replaced a few years down the road.

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    We are strictly a brush/forest fire and wilderness rescue station, so our equipment really only needs to answer a few calls a year. So I'm not embarassed to say our oldest unit is a 1948 Ford "Pumper", restored and runs better than the 2002 KME. We use it to carry 8,000 Feet of 1" forestry hose. The pump was removed, as was the tank, so it has only racks and beds for hose. It also carries 300 feet of extra Booster hose, in case we have any more "I didn't know they still used those railroad tracks" incidents ..... Great way to destroy hundreds of feet of hose. Always good to only use 25 foot sections coupled together, instead of one straight 300
    length. It also carries Indian Tanks, upon Indian Tanks; Steel and canvas.... The second oldest is a 1956 Darley Jeep, Two 1962 Dadge Power Wagon Mini-Pumpers, 1972 Dodge Power wagon Mini-pumper/Rescue Combo, 1978 Dodge Power Wagon rescue, 1980 Chevy High-pressure mini-pumper, 1988 Peterbilt Walk-In rescue squad complete w/
    coffee pot , 1990 Dodge/Pierce Mini-Pumper, 2-1995 KME Squad cab/walkin rescue trucks for SAR, 2-1985 Econoline Ambulances w/ SAR Equipment, 2-Snowmobiles , 1-Gator w/ optional Skid unit or stretcher set in, 1-ATV w/ mounted Indian tanks, and search light, 2002 KME Mini-pumper body out fitted w/ Rope rescue gear. Operated out of 6 Stations, we probably have the most still-in-service old trucks in Than most combinations in East PA and Southern PA.

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    Our second out tanker is a 1956 F500 Ford. It's a home made rig that previously served as a water truck on a farm. A couple of years ago we added a 150 GPM gasoline powered Ace pump. It sees more duty now on brush fires when more water is needed than the brush truck can supply. We don't take the good Tanker (2001 Pierce) or good Engine (1997 Pierce) off the road. As someone else said with the old '56 Ford we don't worry about scratching or denting something up. It is considerably lighter too.
    Our second out Engine is a 1971 Ford Great Eastern Oren model. We bought it used and, from what we were told by the dealer, it came from South Old Bridge New Jersey. It had SOBFD on the front of the cab. We left that on. People see that and can't help but ask about it.

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    The oldest in my dept's fleet is a 1977 Seagrave Pumper. We also have a 1979 White Water Tender that was refurbished in the early 90's.

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    Our second out engine is a 1968 Chevy/ALF 750gpm pumper. It has a gas engine with a five speed manual tranny. First out engine is a 1969 ALF Pioneer 1,000 gpm pumper. It has a big noise detriot diesel and an automatic tranny. This truck flat out screams, the diesel and the Q-siren lets everyone know that we are in route. We are looking at a new custom Pierce engine and if we get it, then the 68' will be retired.

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