Posts Tagged historic fire apparatus

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

Tags: , , ,

Gary Fire Department history

This from Wayne Stuart for #TBT:

The Gary Fire Department operated this 1909 Seagrave horse drawn ladder truck. It was one of only two horse-drawn apparatus operated by the GFD. This apparatus carried Seagrave serial #3758. It ran as Truck Company #1 until 1916
 
wayne stuart collection
Gary Fire Department 1909 Seagrave horse drawn ladder truck

Wayne Stuart collection

Tags: , , , , , ,

Gary Fire Department history

This from Wayne Stuart:

The Gary Fire Department operated this 1916 South Bend hose and chemical wagon. It ran as Engine Company 6 for quite a numder of years.
 
wayne stuart collection
Gary Fire Department history

The Gary Fire Department operated this 1916 South Bend hose and chemical wagon. It ran as Engine Company 6 for quite a number of years. Wayne Stuart collection

Tags: , , , , , ,

Of interest … vintage Maxim fire truck brochure

This from Mike Summa:

I found this brochure I sent for a long time ago.  I would like to share them with you.  Enjoy and comment.

Mike Summa
1972 Maxim Fire Trucks brochure cover

click open the photo for a larger version

Tags: , ,