Archive for category Historic fire apparatus

Palos Fire Protection District history

This from Mike Summa:

The backbone of many fire departments in the 1950’s.  Palos Fire Dist. Tanker 6316, a 1955 Mack B85/Bean 750-1000.  Enjoy and comment.
Mike Summa
1955 Mack B85/Bean fire engine

Palos Fire Dist. Tanker 6316 – 1955 Mack B85/Bean 750/1000. Mike Summa photo

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Gary Fire Department history

1943 ALF model B601CO ALF serial # L-1918.

The Carnegie Illinois Steelworks Corp. plant at the Gary Steel Works operated this 1943 ALF model B601CO. It had a 1000 GPM pump and a 200 gallon tank. It carried ALF serial # L-1918. It was in service there until the mid 60’s.
From the collection of Wayne Stuart

This from Wayne Stuart for #throwbackthursday

The Carnegie Illinois Steelworks Corp. plant at the Gary Steel Works operated this 1943 ALF model B601CO. It had a 1000 GPM pump and a 200 gallon tank. It carried ALF serial # L-1918. It was in service there until the mid 60’s.

From the collection of Wayne Stuart

 

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Bridgeview Fire Department history

This from Mike Summa:

TBT  This was Bridgeview’s E15, a 1970 Pierce/Oshkosh 1500/500.  Enjoy and comment.
Bridgeview FD E15, a 1970 Pierce/Oshkosh 1500/500

Bridgeview FD E15, a 1970 Pierce/Oshkosh 1500/500. Mike Summa photo

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Evergreen Park Fire Department history

This from Mike Summa:

For throwback Thursday here is Evergreen Park’s Engine 50, a 1972 Pirsch.  How come Chicago never purchased any of this model?  Enjoy and comment.
Mike Summa
Evergreen Park FD Engine 50

Evergreen Park’s Engine 50, a 1972 Pirsch. Mike Summa photo

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Chicago Ridge Fire Department history

This from Mike Summa:

This was Chicago Ridge’s Mack/Pirsch ladder truck.  I do not know the specs, so feel free to inform.  Looks a lot like the Backdraft movie truck.  Enjoy and comment.
Mike Summa
vintage Pirsch ladder truck on a Mack CF chassis

Mike Summa photo

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Calumet City Fire Department History

This from Wayne Stuart for #throwbackthursday:

The Calumet City Fire Department operated this 1980 Kenworth/E-1, it had a 1500-GPM pump and a 500-gallon tank. It ran as Engine 303 from Station 2.

Wayne Stuart Photo

vintage Calumet City fire engine

The Calumet City Fire Department operated this 1980 Kenworth/E-1, it had a 1500-GPM pump and a 500-gallon tank. It ran as Engine 303 from Station 2.
Wayne Stuart Photo

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Fire Muster and Flea Market in Chicago (more)

This from Steve Redick:

Had a great day Saturday attending the annual Fire Buffs of Illinois/ 5-11 Club muster. Attendance seemed down this year and the amount of rigs seemed very low compared to previous years but nonetheless it was a great and fun day. Here is a sampling of some of the “hardware” I was able to see. Great to see the Skokie/Engine 87 Club Mack again this year after a lengthy absence. All the images and video can be seen on my site

Steve

vintage B-Model Mack fire engine

Steve Redick photo

vintage 1969 Snorkel from Palatine IL

Steve Redick photo

restored 1928 Ahrens Fox fire engine

Steve Redick photo

restored NAS Glenview fire engine

Steve Redick photo

Chicago FD Engine 17 from Backdraft

Steve Redick photo

restored 1928 Ahrens Fox fire engine

Steve Redick photo

restored 1928 Ahrens Fox fire engine

Steve Redick photo

restored 1928 Ahrens Fox fire engine

Steve Redick photo

vintage B-Model Mack fire engine

Steve Redick photo

restored NAS Glenview fire engine

Steve Redick photo

Stone Park FD Engine 21

Steve Redick photo

Chicago FD Squad 1A

Steve Redick photo

Chicago FD Squad 1

Steve Redick photo

5-ll Club Support Service Canteen

Steve Redick photo

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Beecher Fire Department history

This from Mike Summa:

For #throwbackthursday, here is Beecher’s 1960’s ALF/Pioneer.  Not too many of this model could be found in the south suburbs.  The only other one I ever saw was in Glenwood.  Please enjoy and comment.
Mike Summa
vintage photo of American LaFrance Pioneer fire engine

Beecher FD American LaFrance pioneer engine. Mike Summa photo

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Blue Island Fire Department history

This from Mike Summa:

It’s Thursday, here is an old picture of Blue Island’s first motorized firetruck.  Competition was just as important back then as today.  With the city council divided on which company was better, Seagrave or American LaFrance.  Please enjoy and comment.
Mike Summa 

Blue Island's first motorized firetruck

Blue Island’s first motorized firetruck

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Harvey Fire Department history

This from Mike Summa:

For throwback Thursday, a picture of the Harvey Fire Dept.’s Truck 2, a 1984 Spartan/Pierreville 1250/250/110′. Enjoy and comment.
Mike Summa

 

Spartan Pierreville 110' quint fire truck

Harvey Fire Dept.’s Truck 2, a 1984 Spartan/Pierreville 1250/250/110′. ike Summa photo

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