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CFD apparatus history – Ward LaFrance (1970)

Bill Friedrich has initiated the first in a series of posts chronicling different types of apparatus that saw service in Chicago. The first post covers the Ward LaFrance engines from 1970.

There were a total of (7) P80’s delivered in 1970, one for each district. Companies that received these were Engine 126 (D-372), Engine 73 (D-373), Engine 8 (D-374), Engine 106 (D-375), Engine 22 (D-376), Engine 113 (D-377) and Engine 49 (D-378). These units had 2,000-GPM pumps.
Chicago Fire Department Engine 113 1970 Ward LaFrance Ambassador

Chicago Engine 113 was one of 7 units built in 1970 by Ward LaFrance with the Ambassador chassis, a 2,000-GPM pump, and 500 gallons of water. Bill Friedrich photo

Chicago Fire Department 1970 Ward LaFrance P80 Ambassador engine 22

This unit originally assigned to Engine 22 later went to Engine 99 and then to Engine 46 after a complete refurb. The CFD scramble on the door and the red unit number on the front were not part of the original graphics. This unit, damaged by a wall collapse, was rebuilt. Shown here after the rebuild, the cab is lacking the continuous hand rail at the canopy that extended up the sides and across the top. Additionally, the red section above the pump panel is not how this series was delivered to the city. Larry Shapiro photo

Chicago Fire Department 1970 Ward LaFrance P80 Ambassador engine 73

Engine 73 was assigned shop #D373 that was eventually scrapped. This was the only 1970 Ward LaFrance that was not later rebuilt. Jack Connors photo

Chicago Fire Department 1970 Ward LaFrance P80 Ambassador engine 126

Engine 126's rig (shop #D-372), shows the full height polished metal behind the pump panel.. Jack Connors photo

Chicago Fire Department 1970 Ward LaFrance P80 Ambassador engine 106

Engine 106 received one of the seven units built in 1970 by Ward LaFrance. The original graphics only included the Chicago Fire Department name above the windshield. Larry Shapiro photo

Chicago Fire Department 1970 Ward LaFrance P80 Ambassador engine 8

This photo of Engine 8 in Chinatown shows the unit when it went into service. Jack Connors photo

Chicago Fire Department 1970 Ward LaFrance P80 Ambassador engine 49

Engine 49 is seen here on the fireground. Jack Connors photo

In 1990 (6) of the original 1970 P80’s were rebuilt by Able Fire Equipment Co. at their Frankfort, IL facility. The rebuild included a Ranger 4-door cab, a new aluminum Emergency One body, a 140-gallon foam tank, and other components of the original apparatus. The following companies received these vehicles; ¬†Engine 122 (x-Engine 126), Engine 69 (x-Engine 8), Engine 113 (x-Engine 106), Engine 46 (x-Engine 22), Engine 14 (x-Engine 113) and Engine 34 (x-Engine 49)¬† All these vehicles were equipped with 5″ hose. One was assigned in each district of the city. Two of these, D-374 and D-375, were used in the movie Backdraft.

Chicago Fire Department Engine 113 Ward LaFrance Ranger

Engine 113 with a rebuilt 1970/1990 Ward LaFrance/Ranger/EONE engine. Bil Friedrich photo

Chicago Fire Department Ward LaFrance P80 Ambassador pumper Ranger cab

This unit (D-378) for Engine 34 was formerly assigned to Engine 49. Jack Connors photo

Chicago Fire Department Engine 14 Ward LaFrance

Chicago Engine 14 also received one of the rebuilt Ward LaFrance engines in 1990 that had an extended bumper with LDH. Larry Shapiro photo

Chicago Fire Department Ward LaFrance P80 Ambassador pumper Ranger cab

Engine 122 received one of the 1973/1990 Ranger/EONE/Ward LaFrance refurbished engines. Jack Connors photo

Chicago Fire Department Ward LaFrance P80 Ambassador pumper Ranger cab

Engine 69 received shop #D-374 which was later used in the movie Backdraft. Jack Connors photo

Chicago Fire Department Ward LaFrance P80 Ambassador pumper Ranger cab

This shot of Engine 46 working at a fire scene provides a look at the officer's side of the rebuilt units. Jack Connors photo

 

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Chicago Fire Department patch update

The first batch of company patches being added to the 5th District from Alexander Alexandrovski’s collection are in the 18th Battalion.

Chicago Fire Department patch Engine 47Engine Company 47

Chicago Fire Department patch Truck 20Truck Company 20

Chicago Fire Department patch Engine 122Engine Company 122, Ambulance 24, Command Van 2-7-4

 

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