Archive for category Historic fire apparatus

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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Dixmoor Fire Department history

This from Mike Summa:

Hello,
This is Dixmoor’s Squad 2405.  It is a 1990 IHC/Frontline Squad.  Since they went out of business, I don’t know what became of it.  Just wanted to share,
Enjoy,
–Mike Summa
Dixmoor FD old fire truck

Dixmoor’s Squad 2405. It is a 1990 IHC/Frontline Squad. Mike Summa photo

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Calumet City Fire Department History

This from Wayne Stuart:

The Calumet City Fire Department operated this 1937 American La France quad from 3/31/1937 until 1972. It was a Type 475 RDB, 750 GPM  rotary gear pump with an 88-gallon tank. It carried serial # L-860.

From The Collection of Wayne Stuart

The Calumet City Fire Department operated this 1937 American La France quad from 3/31/1937 until 1972. It was a Type 475 RDB, 750 GPM rotary gear pump with an 88-gallon tank. It carried serial # L-860. From The Collection of Wayne Stuart

The Calumet City Fire Department operated this 1937 American La France quad from 3/31/1937 until 1972. It was a Type 475 RDB, 750 GPM rotary gear pump with an 88-gallon tank. It carried serial # L-860.
From The Collection of Wayne Stuart

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Alsip Fire Department history

This from Mike Summa:

Hello,
This is Alsip’s 1965? ALF pumper.  Unknown specs.  What I do like about it is the light on the roof.  Didn’t Chicago have lights like this?  What was the name of this light unit?  Enjoy, and comment if you’d like.
–Mike Summa
Alsip Fire Department American LaFrance fire engine

Mike Summa photo

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Blue Island Fire Department history

This from Mike Summa:

Hello,
This is Blue Island Truck 2104.  It started as a 1951 ALF 85-foot Quint.  In 1980, this was sent to ALF again in University Park to have a new Century cab installed.  It was the first unit to have a white top, which is a Blue Island hallmark now.  This was in service until 1997, when a new E-One tower was purchased, a remarkable 46 years of continuous service and durability.  Enjoy!
–Mike Summa
Blue Island Fire Department 1951 American LaFrance fire truck

Mike Summa photo

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Chicago Fire Department history

This from Larry Shapiro:

I came across this photo of a former Walters ARFF at O’Hare.

1970s vintage Walters ARFF from O'Hare Airport

Walters ARFF from O’Hare. Larry Shapiro photo

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Algonquin-Lake in the Hills FPD history

This from Doug Hoyt:

Following up on the Alsip front-mount “bumper pumpers”, here are a few photos of some more Division 2 rigs from the early / mid 80’s.  Algonquin-Lake In the Hills Tanker 174, a Pierce/International.  Not sure of the year, but I’m reasonably sure the pump is a 750 gpm and the tank is a 3000 gal.  I’ve also included a close-up of that pump. Thanks for the chance to share these!

Doug Hoyt…
front mounted pump on a fire engine

Doug Hoyt photo

Algonquin-Lake in the Hills FPD history

Algonquin-Lake In the Hills Tanker 174, a Pierce/International. Doug Hoyt photo

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Rutland Dundee FPD history

This from Doug Hoyt:

Following up on the Alsip front-mount “bumper pumpers”, here are a few photos of some Division 2 rigs from the early / mid 80’s.  One is Rutland-Dundee Engine 52, a 1961(?) International, one is Rutland-Dundee Engine 57, a 750 gpm Ford/Darley with a 2000 gal. tank. Sorry that the photos aren’t the best quality; I wasn’t the greatest photographer back then, and some of the pictures got cut off in the printing.  (Still looking for the negatives.) Thanks for the chance to share these!
Doug Hoyt…

Vintage photo of Rutland-Dundee FPD Engine 52

Rutland-Dundee Engine 52. Doug Hoyt photo

Vintage photo of Rutland-Dundee FPD Engine 57

Rutland-Dundee Engine 57. Doug Hoyt photo

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Chicago Fire Department history

This from Steve Redick:

I found another treasure from the archive my dad preserved. A full page COLOR photo spread from July 1939!  This was billed as the 2nd ever thrill show with an attendance of 70,000. You can make out some classic apparatus. I was able to use photoshop to restore this to almost perfect condition. My dad must have been 10 years old at the time so I am assuming my grandpa might have been the one to put this aside originally. I think this is too good not to share.

Steve Redick

Chicago Police and Fire Thrill Show July 17 1939

Chicago Daily Tribune clipping from July 17, 1939. Steve Redick collection

Chicago Police and Fire Thrill Show July 17 1939

Chicago Daily Tribune clipping from July 17, 1939. Steve Redick collection

Chicago Police and Fire Thrill Show July 17 1939

Chicago Daily Tribune clipping from July 17, 1939. Steve Redick collection

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Alsip Fire Department history

This from Mike Summa:

Hello,
These are pictures of Alsip’s 2 bumper-pumpers.  They are mid 1970s Ford/Darley?  Interesting in the pre-Seagrave era.  Feel free to add to any information,
Mike Summa
historic fire engine photo from Alsip IL

Vintage Alsip Fire Department fire engine. Mike Summa photo

Alsip fire department history

Vintage Alsip Fire Department fire engine. Mike Summa photo

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