A Visit to Burien, Washington

A Visit to Burien, Washington

R-KIVE - The town of Burien, Washington, borders the southwest side of Seattle. For many years, Burien was a part of unincorporated King County. During the 1990s, Burien became an incorporated city. Fire protection was provided by King County Fire Protection District #2. There were three stations in the district. When I visited in 1983, only one station was manned, while the other two were manned by volunteers. Burien was a faithful user of Curtis-Heiser bodies.

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A Trip to Bothell, Washington

A Trip to Bothell, Washington

R-KIVE - Bothell, Washington, is a primarily residential community located at the north end of Lake Washington. The Bothell City Fire Dept. operates together with King County Fire Protection District #42 and Snohomish County Fire Protection District #10 across the county line. The unified department is quite unusual in that it includes parts of two counties. When I visited in 1988, Bothell operated out of three stations. Station 42 was located in the City of Bothell.

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2016 Spring Pennzoil AutoFair

2016 Spring Pennzoil AutoFair

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.

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Seagrave Fire Apparatus

Seagrave Fire Apparatus

VIDEO WATCH - Seagrave and Co. was founded in 1881 in Detroit, Michigan, by Frederic Seagrave. The company originally built ladders for the orchard industry when local firefighters asked for apparatus that could transport their fire ladders safely. Seagrave produced horse-drawn carts designed to carry ladders and further developed hose wagons. In 1891,  the Seagrave Corp. was formed. In 1963, Seagrave was acquired by the FWD Corp., and corporate headquarters were relocated to Clintonville, Wisconsin. 

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Sounds of Thunder

Sounds of Thunder

VIDEO WATCH - The sounds of thunder used to accompany the fire brigade on every call, back when horses did all of the pulling work. You probably have never given much thought to one of the most romantic eras taking place in the early history of the fire service. To me, that would have been in the mid-1800s through the 1920s. The era I speak of is the era of the “fire horse.”

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