Archive for March 14th, 2011

Spartan buys Classic Fire

Firegeezer.com posted an article HERE about Spartan Motors, Inc., the parent company of Crimson Fire, Spartan Chassis, and Utilimaster, announcing their purchase of Classic Fire, LLC in Ocala, FL. Classic builds a line of fire apparatus including small rescue units, commercial pumpers and tankers, wildland/brush units, and skid units.

Firegeezer also has some commentary on the direction he feels the fire apparatus industry will be heading. You can read his thoughts HERE and HERE.

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CFD memorabilia found on eBay auction

A reader has sent a note about an eBay auction from a California seller entitled:

CHICAGO FIRE DEPT HISTORIC AUCTION LOT

Badges, Helmet, Documents, Pictures, Fronts, Patches

The description of the lot is as follows:

THE JOKER¬† STAND A NEWS LETTER WRITTEN BY KEN LITTLE,JIM EVANS & BOB FREEMAN ( DATES RANGE FROM (1967,68,69,70,72,73,74,75 ) THIS NEWS LETTER IS FILLED WITH CFD INFORMATION AND EVENTS OF THOSE YEARS.4 880 OFFICER HELMET FRONTS,2 CFD SHOULDER PATCHS, 2 ROUND CFD BADGES STYLE USED IN 1904, ONE IS HALLMARKED C.H.HANSON, A BLACK PLASTIC MSA HELMET WITH FRONT SNORKEL 5 & A SECOND FRONT OF SNORKEL 5, 3 B/W PICTURES OF SNORKEL 5 IN ACTION(1962 4-11 HARRISON ST,5-11 1964 WITH 2 SPECIALS,), A B/W PICTURE OF FIRE PATROL 5 1044 ORLEANS ST NOV. 16 1949 ON THE BACK THE MEMBERS ARE ID’D.(RIDGEMOOR ARCHIVES CHICAGO IL.), ORIGINAL NEWSPAPER CLIPPINGS FROM THE CHICAGO SUNDAY TRIBUNE JAN. 29TH, 1961 COVERAGE OF FATAL FIRE AT 614 HUBBARD ST. WEST SIDE CHICAGO. CHICAGO TRIBUNE UNION STATION BLAZE SUNDAY JULY 27TH 1980.

The Auction ends Tuesday and has a reserve of $271.66 which has not yet been met after 4 bids were placed.

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