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Markham Fire Department history (more)

This from Larry Shapiro:

Following up on the post from Mike Summa showing a later version the Markahm FD Dodge/Seagrave squad, here’s an early photo of it as Squad 55 in the original yellow.

vintage photo of Markham Fire Department (IL) Squad 55 in the original color built by Seagrave on a Dodge chassis

Markham FD Squad 55. Larry Shapiro photo

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Markham Fire Department history

This from Mike Summa:

Here is more of the Markham Fire Department.  This is their 1970’s Dodge/Seagrave mini pumper.  Originally painted yellow, now black over red.  Photo taken at old station 1 on Kedzie Ave.
Enjoy and comments welcome.
Mike Summa
vintage Markham fire department squad

Mike Summa photo

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Markham Fire Department history

This from Mike Summa:

This is the Markham Fire Department’s Truck 55, a 1955 FWD/Geesink.  When yellow was mellow.
Thanks, Mike Summa
Markham Fire Department's Truck 55, a 1955 FWD/Geesink

Markham Fire Department’s Truck 55, a 1955 FWD/Geesink. Mike Summa photo

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Vintage fire engine for sale

 Chicago Fire Dept. 1960 Mack Fire Engine 87 – $16000 (Big Rock, IL)

Chicago Fire Department 1960 Mack B95 Fire Engine – Engine 87. This Mack B95 was featured in a Mack magazine ad. The rig actually served the Skokie FD, ordered under specifications from Chief Warren Redick, where it retired as Reserve Engine 5. It was restored as a replica of CFD Engine 87 by a group of Chicagoland firefighters who called themselves the Engine 87 Club. After leaving the hands of the club, a former fire chief took over its restoration, installing a new exhaust and completely upgrading its electrical system. It had its starter rebuilt and choke cable replaced and she now starts up and runs like a champ. The two front tires are good cosmetically but are showing signs of need for replacement. There is a 6″ seam separation on the edge of the driver’s seat. It needs a new headliner but looks OK without one. There’s about a 6″ section of paint chipped away from one of the automatic radiator louvers. Other than that, she and her engine and undercarriage are in great shape. I don’t know the tank size or rating the pump has. A pump mechanic who inspected it says it will pump but I have not pumped with it. This truck runs on gas, has turn signals, a hydraulic braking system with a massive booster, and a great power steering system. The emergency warning equipment including the Mars DX-40, 888 and Commander siren all work well. This rig has a rich history and deserves to be seen once again in parades and at fire musters. Temporary or permanent storage is available to the buyer.

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thanks Dennis and Dave

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MABAS 7 Swap Meet

some photos from today’s MABAS 7 Swap Meet

Peotone FPD pumper tanker

Josh Boyajian photo

Chicago FD Engine 17 from the movie Backdraft

Josh Boyajian photo

vintage Pirsch fire engine

Steve Redick photo

former Braidwood heavy rescue squad

Steve Redick photo

Peotone FD Seagrave Snorkel

Steve Redick photo

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Gary Fire Department history

This from Wayne Stewart:

The Gary Fire Department operated this 1959 Maxim “S” model pumper Serial #2165 assigned to Engine Co. No.12.   It had a 1,000-gpm pump, a 300-gal. booster tank, and a 100-gal. foam tank. It also carried the following ladders; a 35′, a 24′, a 14′ roof ladder, and 10′ roof ladder. Engine 12 was put in service as a new company in 1959 in a new firehouse.

1959 Maxim S-Model fire engine

From The Collection of Wayne Stuart

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Burnham Fire Department history

This from Mike Summa:

This is the Burnham Fire Dept.’s 1975 Dodge/Marion 250/100 mini pumper.  Question, the 1970’s were big for Dodge mini pumpers, every dept. seemed to have them.  But today why has Ford, and only Ford taken over?
Enjoy, Mike Summa
Burnham Fire Dept.'s 1975 Dodge/Marion 250/100 mini pumper

Burnham Fire Dept.’s 1975 Dodge/Marion 250/100 mini pumper. Mike Summa photo

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Prospect Heights Fire District history

This from Drew Smith:

Assuming this photo was taken in 1946: Pumper on the left is thought to be a 1926 purchased used in 1945. The original firehouse was built by volunteers in 1948 and in 1948 took delivery of a Ford/Darley which isn’t in the photo. Prior to having a firehouse, the rigs were stored in or behind a gas station (now gone – burned down in late 1970s) at the northwest corner of Elmhurst Rd (IL route 83) and Camp McDonald Road.

Drew Smith, EFO/CFO, LP

1946 Dodge/Darley 300/500 fire engine

Prospect Heights Fire Department history. Dan Martin photo

Prospect Heights Fire Department history original firefighters

Prospect Heights Fire Department history.

historic fire engine from Prospect Heights IL

Prospect Heights Fire Department history.

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Gary Fire Department history

This from Wayne Stuart:

The Gary Fire Department operated this 1948 American La France model PJC 710 with a 1000 GPM pump and a 300 Gallon booster tank. It was assigned to Engine Co. 4  at 2346 Broadway until it’s demise in the middle 60’s after a collision with Truck Co. 2 at an intersection responding to a working fire.

From The Wayne Stuart Collection

historic fire engine from Gary Indiana

From The Wayne Stuart Collection

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Harvey Fire Department history

This from Mike Summa:

This is the Harvey Fire Dept. Engine 5, a 1960 FWD 1000/500.  At one time Harvey had 8 FWD chassis rigs from 1950-1972.  Enjoy and comment.
Harvey Fire Dept. Engine 5 a 1960 FWD fire engine

Harvey Fire Dept. Engine 5, a 1960 FWD 1000/500. Mike Summa photo

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