A Second Visit to Chelan County District #1
Bill Hattersley

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In the middle of June 1996, I was itching to go “shoot some rigs.” The weather in Seattle was more like winter than spring, so I needed to drive east over the Cascade Mountains if I wanted any decent photos. I hadn’t been to the Wenatchee area for a while, so I phoned ahead to a couple of fire districts. I arranged to have assistance with photography later in the week. Typically in a part-paid department, the “neat” rigs are … Read the rest of the story…

2016 Spring Pennzoil AutoFair
Brad Bowling

Here is the Vintage Fire Truck & Equipment crew, ready to meet our readers.

The Vintage Fire Truck & Equipment crew has just returned from the 2016 Spring Pennzoil AutoFair. We spent four days in the beautiful Carolinas at the largest automotive car show and swap meet in the country! Organizers at Charlotte Motor Speedway asked us to prepare an exhibit for the event’s Showcase Garage of unusual vintage fire vehicles, and we did not disappoint. The biennial AutoFairs are run by members of the Hornets Nest Region of the Antique Automobile Club of … Read the rest of the story…

1947 Ford Fire Truck – Issue No. 4 Cover Story
Jack Harrison

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For Issue No. 4 of Vintage Fire Truck & Equipment, Candace Brown delved deep into the history of this 1947 Ford fire truck. A young lady from Black Diamond, Washington, saw the decrepit Ford riding on the back of a truck on its way to the scrapyard, and she told her great-grandfather that it looked just like the truck in photos she had seen in the Black Diamond Museum. That was in 2012. Today, after the tremendous effort of volunteers, … Read the rest of the story…

An ALF in Brigham City
Bill Hattersley

RKIVE

I want to introduce all of you to my great friend and fellow apparatus enthusiast, Mr. Martin MacKinnon of Vancouver, British Columbia. I first got to know Martin in 1988, when he started ordering photos from me. On Easter Day, 1989, my wife, Carol, and I were doing some gardening in the front yard of our old house in Seattle. We both looked up as a Toyota Tercel pulled up and parked across the street. Out stepped Martin, who walked … Read the rest of the story…

1922 American LaFrance – Issue No. 3 Cover Story
Jack Harrison

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For Issue No. 3 of Vintage Fire Truck & Equipment, Managing Editor Brad Bowling and I visited this 1922 American LaFrance in the small agricultural community of Farmland, Indiana. We visited with members of the town’s volunteer fire department, which has a long and proud history of protecting the community. The department’s symbol of its longtime service is the 1922 American LaFrance engine built on a Ford TT truck chassis. The department retired the ALF from fire duty in 1954, … Read the rest of the story…

1948 International LaFrance Thibault Tiller
Jack Harrison

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I hope you enjoy this feature on a 1948 International LaFrance Thibault Tiller that has had four lives. We shot it for our Issue no. 4 of Vintage Fire Truck & Equipment. People frequently use phases such as “one of a kind”, “one in a million,” or “in a class by itself.” Too often those statements are mere hyperbole and highly inaccurate. Such is not the case for our featured apparatus. This truck, from its inception, was truly one of … Read the rest of the story…

Dodge R-2 Crash Truck
Brad Bowling

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For Issue No. 3 of Vintage Fire Truck & Equipment, we featured Dave Morter’s Dodge R-2 Crash Truck, which is based on the M-56 chassis, with a wheelbase of 126 inches. It actually has a longer name than that: it is officially a Truck, Fire, Airplane, Forcible Entry, Type R-2. Whatever you want to call it, I had a good time talking to Dave about his truck and photographing it at a local airport. Click here to buy Issue No. 3. … Read the rest of the story…