Archive for category Historic fire apparatus

Oakbrook Terrace FPD history

This from Larry Shapiro for #TBT

Oakbrook Terrace classic 85′ Pitman Snorkel on a conventional GMC chassis with a Pierce body

unique Pitman Snorkel on GMC chassis

Larry Shapiro photo

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As seen around … Blue Island

This from Mike Summa for #TBT:

For TBT- An Ahrens Fox of a unknown age doing what it does best.  Does the green light mean it represents a Chicago Fire Truck?  I do not know.  Please respond.  Photo taken in Blue Island at a fire truck/auto show in the early 1990’s.
Mike Summa
classic Ahrens Fox fire engine

Mike Summa photo

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Tinley Park Fire Department history

This from Mike Summa for #TBT:

For TBT-  Tinley Park Eng. 203, a 1973 Hendrickson/Darley 1000/500.  Rehabbed in 1988 as shown.
Mike Summa
1973 Hendrickson /. WS Darley fire engine

Mike Summa photo

Tinley Park FD Engine 203

Karl Klotz photo

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Vintage Chicago 3-11 Alarm fire, 11-21-63

This from Steve Redick:

3-11 Alarm fire in Chicago 11-21-63

undated vintage news clipping of a 3-11 Alarm fire in Chicago

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Cicero Fire Department history – part 2

More Cicero Fire Department history from the files of Joseph Salerno:

Cicero Fire Department history

from the files of Joseph Salerno

Cicero Fire Department history

from the files of Joseph Salerno

Cicero Fire Department history

from the files of Joseph Salerno

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Crete Fire Department history

This from Mike Summa for #TBT:

For TBT-Crete Fire Dept.’s E708, a 1982 Hendrickson/FMC 1500/750.
Mike Summa
Crete Fire department history

Mike Summa photo

and one more shot from the archives of Larry Shapiro

1982 Hendrickson/FMC fire engine

Larry Shapiro photo

 

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Holbrook Volunteer Fire Department history

This from Wayne Stuart for #TBT:

The Holbrook Volunteer Fire Department operated this 19?? Ford/Intercoastal pumper. It had a 500-GPM pump and a 500-gallon tank.
 
wayne stuart
Holbrook Volunteer Fire Department

Wayne Stuart photo

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Chicago Fire Department history

This from Steve Redick:

an undated clipping from the Chicago Tribune showing a Chicago FD demonstration of apparatus, equipment , and the fire boats

Chicago Fire Department history

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Markham Fire Department history

This from Mike Summa for #TBT:

For T BT-The Markham Fire Dept.’s E53, a 1964 IHC/? 750/800.  It was replaced in 1984 with a Ford C/E-One 750/500 as E1531.
Mike Summa
vintage fire engine from Markham FD IL

Mike Summa photo

Vintage 1984 Ford C/E-One fire engine from Markham, IL

Mike Summa photo

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Chicago Fire Department history

Here is a link to the website of Old Custom Cruisers, a car club in Bristol, Tennessee which owns two Ahrens-Fox pumpers; one from Chicago and one from Maywood, Illinois. 

This 750-GPM Ahrens Fox pumper (piston), Model: IM-2 was built for Chicago Fire Department 7 and was  stationed in the Stockyard area of Chicago.  It was manufactured in 1921 and delivered in  1922.

Hours on Pumper: 750 gal @ 120 lbs for 6 hrs,  375 gal @ 200 lbs for 4 hrs, 250 gal @ 250 lbs for 2 hrs

Engine Details: 6 cylinder engine, 2 plugs per cylinder, duel  ignition system, magneto & distributor, 3 speed  manual transmission, gas, up draft carburetor, mechanical brakes, spring suspension.

The “Ball”, or the pulsation chamber, reduces  the throbbing of the stream as it ejects from the nozzle. The tall chamber on the front retained  the vacuum on the intake side of the pump.  With minor variation, the style of this pump did not change from 1915 to 1952.

former Chicago FD Ahrens Fox piston pumper

Old Custom Cruisers photo

former Chicago FD Ahrens Fox piston pumper

Old Custom Cruisers photo

former Chicago FD Ahrens Fox piston pumper

Old Custom Cruisers photo

thanks Dennis

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