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06-27-2002, 08:47 AM #1
Old Crusties Remember
06-27-2002, 08:50 AM #2
- Join Date
- Nov 2000
- Sitting on my Laa Laa waiting for my Yaa Yaa
Not quite that old. 1975 Mack CF canopy cab. The last rig we had with a manual transmission.Chris Minick, P.E., Firefighter II
Structures Specialist, MD-TF 1
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06-27-2002, 08:51 AM #3
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06-27-2002, 02:52 PM #4
1973 American LaFrance...only thing I would change woulda been the yellow color...I would...but no!
06-27-2002, 03:02 PM #5
Is that a 48' International? We have one here that runs beautifully. It is actually in the fire museum (sp), it comes out for parades, and events. During the winter we cover it in Christmas lights and use it as part of a 1 Million light display for the burn fund. It's completely mint
If I can find a pic I'll post it. Truly a beautiful sight.
06-27-2002, 05:34 PM #6
Actually the rig is fire engine red, bad lighting caused the discolorization (my boo boo). These engines were produced by Segrave during the 1960's. It's offical name was Seagrave Saftey Sedan Van Pumper. Detroit purchased 67 of the 91 produced. We called them "The Covered Wagons". There were other variations of this same model produced. Almost all these engines had a Waukashaw (not sure of the spelling) diesel engine and they were screamers. We had the sister tiller rig with the flip up tiller bucket and removable steering shaft and it had the same front cab and engine. In my humble opinion, these were the best operating pumpers (problematic wise) I ever worked on in my 30 years of firefighting. We used these rigs into the mid and even late 70's.
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06-28-2002, 12:14 AM #7
My first ride was a 1972 Mack CF-600 pumper, Engine 6. It had an automatic tranny, 500 gallons of water and a 1000 GPM Waterous
pump. I loved that rig!
One night tour, back when I was a probie, the Captain had Engine 6's driver take me out for driver training. There was an EMT refresher going on, using the classroom at Station 2. A friend of my Captain, who was Lieutenant in the neighboring town of Hudson was taking that course along with him. My Captain decided to play a joke on him. He went to the phone and asked the dispatcher to punch in the tone for Station 2's vocalarm system (Fire dispatch was at our old HQ then), and "report" a working fire for his buddy's favorite watering hole and that we were to respond on the 2nd alarm mutual aid. His intention was to pay back the Lt. for a pratical joke he had played on him earlier
We were in District 2 when Dick asked me to pull over onto the apron so he could use the head. Timing is everything....the Captain made the announcment just as Dick was walking through the door. Dick ran back outside and said "move over kid...Paul and Jerry's is burning and we respond on the 2nd !!! Jeeez, I gotta p***!"
Dick literally pushed me out of the driver's seat and we tore up Pleasant Street code 3. The Captain came over the air and requested that we return to "the Hill" as Station 2 was called.
Dick replied "Cap, repeat your message.."
"Return to Station 2."
When we got back, it was all explained to us!"The education of a firefighter and the continued education of a firefighter is what makes "real" firefighters. Continuous skill development is the core of progressive firefighting. We learn by doing and doing it again and again, both on the training ground and the fireground."
Lt. Ray McCormack, FDNY
06-28-2002, 02:41 AM #8
You want me to remember THAT far back? Well, it could have been one of three engines. A 1960 FWD pumper, a 1954 Dodge Powerwagon brush unit...or the 1955 Ward LaFrance pumper.
Somehow I think it was the Dodge Powerwagon...as a rookie, I probably didn't rate riding on the Class A pumper right away.Proudly serving as the IACOJ Minister of Information & Propoganda!
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06-28-2002, 04:12 PM #9
A 1974 American LaFrance Aerial. But when I came South, it got even better- at my new job I became the driver of a refurbished 1956 ALF aerial. Open cab, unsynchronized transmission with that funky shift pattern (3 down, 4 up, 5 over and up), Q on the bumper, hand-screw jacks with one you had to crawl under the front to get to, and the best thing of all- no power steering (insert grunting here). If you had no upper body strength, you weren't turning anywhere fast.
Alas, she's in a neighboring community now being used to drill wells (figure that out). Why can't we get a wistful smiley here?Michael "Mick" Mayers
Acting Director, Urban Search and Rescue
South Carolina Emergency Response Task Force
06-28-2002, 06:19 PM #10
FireLT1951 - How did you fit in that lil' thing ?
This one was my first with my old department. It was a 1956 ALF.It was retired in 1989 and sold to the Bismark Arkansas F.D..
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06-28-2002, 06:44 PM #11
- Join Date
- Dec 2001
- LANHAM MD
1970 maxim pumper was my first piece of apparatus the department I joined in 1975 replace their apparatus with two pumpers and one tiller truck all three were open cab the same year and make with truck having a allison automatic transmission
those were the days. thank for memory
06-28-2002, 11:52 PM #12
- Join Date
- Nov 2001
- Clermont County, Ohio
1974 (I think) Pirsch - 5 speed standard transmission, gas engine, 1000 GPM, 500 gallons on board. Really nice truck - wish I could have bought it when it was traded in. Children & houses are expensive - sigh.Proud to be honored with IACOJ membership. Blessed by TWO meals cooked by Cheffie - a true culinary goddess. Expressing my own views, not my organization's.
06-29-2002, 05:33 AM #13
The prize winner so far!!
Gentlemen--I think I may be a winner here--1937 Leyland Tiger with a 101ft turntable ladder by Merryweather(A.K.A "The Meccano Set) I was trained on this wee beastie in 1962 just after joining the job-- and after passing the required course in T.L. training ,was issued with--one set of gauntlets, one set of goggles(it was open cab) and let loose on the unsuspecting public with the aforementioned implement. This appliance had done stirling work right thru the "Blitz" in WW2--I was also conversant with a set of ladders supplied by the enemy--a 101ft ladder Metze Magirus mechanical--very unforgiving! This was supplied by Metze before hostilities commenced in 1939. I still have nightmares about "Leaping Lena" a "Emergency Tender " about the same vintage--crash gearbox and the steering capabilities of a pig on roller skates. If only the poor populace knew what was coming to their rescue!!!"If you thought it was hard getting into the job--wait until you have to hang the "fire gear"up and walk away!"
Harry Lauder 1981.Me on the left!
06-29-2002, 07:24 AM #14
There was a seat right behind the front cab although we never used it. We rode the tail board.
06-30-2002, 02:11 PM #15
My first truck was a 37 Seagraves with my old vollie department. I'm sure it was a good truck over the years, but it was getting pretty tired by the time I came on.
It was an absolutely SOB to drive. You damned near had to pull the wheel with a foot braced on the dash to get it to turn. That was if you were moving. If you were stationary, forget it. You would need a pinch bar and a cheater pipe to move the steering wheel. More than one person had a "religious experience" while they were driving. A couple passengers did too. It all depended how deep the experience was for the driver. There were many times that the siren was reported as "screaming" as they went by, but it was later determined it was the guys on the truck doing the screaming.Steve Gallagher
"I don't apologize for anything. When I make a mistake, I take the blame and go on from there." - Woody Hayes
06-30-2002, 02:39 PM #16
- Join Date
- Dec 1999
- Northbridge Ma
The oldest apparatus I ever worked with was a 1939 Dodge. The pump stiil worked pretty well but we just used it for the reel of 2 1/2" hose on the back. Its a pretty cool looking little truck. It has a "double clutch" 5 speed standard transmission in it, the single flashing red light on the top and a federal siren. I was the last person to drive it before she was taken out of service a few years ago."Save a cow......eat a vegetarian"
"What we do in life, echoes in eternity"
07-02-2002, 04:59 PM #17
- Join Date
- Sep 2001
- World's largest open-air insane asylum... Santa Cruz CA
A 1956 Mack heavy rescue nicknamed "The Iron Maiden". Mack B-42 chassis with a custom body made of 3/16" rolled steel. Top speed 61 MPH (on a 2-mile downhill stretch of the PA turnpike, freewheeling in neutral). Armstrong steering system (think about it... ).
The old girl served the department for 40 years and was sold to a collector in the Northeast in 1997... d*mn, I miss that truck...Remember the brothers... FDNY 9/11/01
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07-02-2002, 08:54 PM #18
- Join Date
- May 2002
- Now in Victoria, BC. I'm from beautiful Jasper Alberta in the heart of the Can. Rockies - will always be an Albertan at heart!
I'm not a crusty old jake, I'm not even in the fire service LOL, but this is the one and only firetruck I've ever ridden in. I volunteer for the Calgary Firefighters Museum Society and we took this 1928 Gotfredson to a 5 year old's birthday party. It sure did get alot of attention (honks, waves and smiles from young and old alike!) on the way to and from the party!!!! This particular truck didn't do service in Calgary, it was built in 1928 and went into service in Saskatchewan in 1929. So I have you all beat so far hehehe
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07-03-2002, 03:36 AM #19
This moves the goalposts!
I obviously did not read the rulebook, silly me thought that the Fire Appliance had to be on the "run" and to be used in anger! But---in 1976 London Fire Brigade put on a "Spectacular"--it was named "Fireshow '76" ,in it was a restored ,manually drawn, six man operated hand Pumper --from the Brigade museum. This was built before the great Fire of London in aprox 1664. I certainly did not ride it , you can't--but helped to pull it around the arena. O.T.Y"If you thought it was hard getting into the job--wait until you have to hang the "fire gear"up and walk away!"
Harry Lauder 1981.Me on the left!
07-03-2002, 04:11 PM #20
1970 Maxim (Engine 31)
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