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    Default ALF Merger

    In 1900, the same people who owned the American Fire Engine Company, assembled a second group of fire engine manufacturers (including LaFrance Fire Engine Company of Elmira, NY), and named this new firm the International Fire Engine Company. On October 1, 1903, the directors of American and International proposed merging those two companies, and the merger was completed in early 1904. The new company was dubbed the American-LaFrance Fire Engine Company, and was headquarterd at the old LaFrance plant in Elmira, NY.


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    American LaFrance Fire Engine Company

    One of the oldest and most famous fire apparatus manufacturers in America is the American LaFrance Fire Engine Company. With roots that go back to approximately 1832, the companies that went on to become American LaFrance built hand drawn, horse drawn, and steam powered fire engines. The International Fire Engine Company, corporate predecessor of American LaFrance, built some steam power fire engines between 1903-1907. Apparatus built by International included everything from horse drawn steamers, hose wagons, and hook & ladders to chemical engines, water towers and combinations. The American LaFrance Fire Engine Company was officially formed in 1903. Its corporate offices and manufacturing plant were located in Elmira, New York. ALF delivered its first motorized fire engine in 1907. Over the years, American LaFrance built thousands of fire trucks including chemical engines, combination pumpers, aerial ladder trucks, Aero Chief snorkle trucks, and even airport crash trucks. The classical style of the American LaFrance apparatus is easily recognized. Some of the company's innovations led to changes in the industry, most notably the cab forward style cab. The company has recently undergone a major rebirth and is once again turning out distinct custom fire trucks and other emergency vehicles.

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    What's the point of this thread? Did I miss something?

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    Quote Originally Posted by toddmcbr
    What's the point of this thread? Did I miss something?
    That's too bad you didn't get anything from RetJaxFF's posts.

    I think it is appropriate with all of the discussion of ALF's fate going on that there is a bit of history about the company available to ponder.

    I find it interesting that with many people's gloomy outlook on ALF's future that it was actually a merger that brought this extraordinary company about.
    I can't believe they actually pay me to do this!!!

    One friend noted yesterday that a fire officer only carries a flashlight, sometimes prompting grumbling from firefighters who have to lug tools and hoses.
    "The old saying is you never know how heavy that flashlight can become," the friend said.
    -from a tragic story posted on firefighterclosecalls.com

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    Ironman;

    Thank You! Nice to know there is still someone out there who can read between the lines.

    retjaxff


    Quote Originally Posted by IronsMan53
    That's too bad you didn't get anything from RetJaxFF's posts.

    I think it is appropriate with all of the discussion of ALF's fate going on that there is a bit of history about the company available to ponder.

    I find it interesting that with many people's gloomy outlook on ALF's future that it was actually a merger that brought this extraordinary company about.

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