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Title: Wrecked Maryland rigs from "back in the day"
Post by: brucobuff on June 28, 2007, 06:45:31 PM
Maryland City VFD E-271(Anne Arundel Co.) 1970 Seagrave after 1981 T-bone accident, the rig was repaired and put back in service.
John Floyd photo,Jenkins collection
Title: Re: Wrecked Maryland rigs from "back in the day"
Post by: brucobuff on June 28, 2007, 06:57:58 PM
Landover Hills VFD got this 1956 Pirsch engine from McLean, VA. sometime in the 1970's, but it met with misfortune, as shown in these 1977 photos by John Floyd.
Title: Re: Wrecked Maryland rigs from "back in the day"
Post by: brucobuff on June 28, 2007, 07:00:08 PM
Officer's side of the 56 Pirsch.
Title: Re: Wrecked Maryland rigs from "back in the day"
Post by: CFM on October 31, 2011, 06:10:05 PM
Aberdeen sold Engine 213 to Port Deposit in 1997. Port sold it to Buddy Gray (a Tuscaloosa Reseller) in 2002. Apparently Buddy sold it to Eoline Al. On April 27, 2011 a tornado swept through Eoline, destroying the fire station and heavily damaging their engine and brush unit. Photos from EBay and the internet
Title: Re: Wrecked Maryland rigs from "back in the day"
Post by: daysleeper47 on November 01, 2011, 10:53:03 AM
McLean VFD still owns a 1970 Pirsch that was the last produced. Here is a nice article about it's history:

The McLean Fire Engine That Could
Volunteer Fire Department Updates Antique
By Victoria Weseley
June 6, 2011

The 1970 Pirsch fire engine has been on active duty for 41 years. At the time of its purchase from Peter Pirsch and Sons in Kenosha, WI, it was cutting edge - the first diesel powered engine in McLean, purchased for $39,770.

For about fifteen years, the truck was used in countless emergency calls until it was retired in the 1980’s. Due to changing codes in Fairfax County, the fire truck no longer met the new stringent requirements. However, the McLean Volunteer Fire Department (MVFD) was not ready to give up on the truck.

 The Pirsch fire engine was given a new role – that of a community liaison for the MVFD. For the past twenty-five years, the truck has been used for children’s birthday parties, as a roost for Santa, in the annual Open House at the fire station, driving down thoroughfares in parades such as the Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival in Winchester, and even featured in McLean neighborhood barbecues and picnics.

Beginning in 1935, the department purchased all its  trucks from Pirsch and Sons, said Clyde Clark, a member of the MVFD since 1962 and Chief from 1990 until 2010. “We were so pleased with the quality and durability…That [1970] engine was unique to us. It was the first one purchased that was a diesel.” Clark said.

By the time the truck needed to be replaced, Pirsch and Sons had gone out of business. The MVFD wanted to do something to honor their relationship with the former manufacturing company. Clark said, “The truck has special meaning for the department because it was the last truck [from Pirsch]. Knowing it was to be decommissioned, we made the conscious decision to keep it for community outreach."

Mark Paris, the volunteer firefighter who manages the Pirsch, said there is no charge for citizens to feature the truck in community events. However, donations are always welcome.

Through those donations the MVFD has been able to maintain the vehicle.  “I’ve been trying to use it as much as I can, " Paris said.  "Then that way it can make a little money. The money from the donations helps to save it.”

Most recently, there was a problem with the engine, but the needed parts were no longer available. Luckily, a mechanic was able to retrofit a different brand of engine – the entire driveline needed to be rebuilt. Costs for the repairs exceeded $10,000.

Paris said the MVFD still needs to raise funds to repair the steering, suspension and the brakes of the truck.

The MVFD was founded in 1921; the only machinery was a borrowed hand crank-controlled pump and a fire extinguisher. The original fire station was a barn. Then in 1923, the MVFD was given its charter as Company #1, the first in Fairfax County.

Since 1988, the fire department has resided in its current station on Laughlin Avenue. There are two ambulances, one heavy rescue squad, one pumper, one 4-wheel drive truck, one fire prevention safety trailer and the antique Pirsch. These pieces of equipment are owned by the MVFD.  There is also one ladder trucker which is owned by Fairfax County.

There are both volunteer firemen and employees of the county, 30 and 13-14 respectively. Both classes of firefighters must train through the same program, but the paid employees have more “on-the-job” training.

According to Paris, who also works at McLean Hardware, “I’ve been here [the fire station] 21 years; I’ve lived in McLean for 45.  I saw this [the fire truck] go down the road as a child and in my high school years.  It’s a big part of the McLean community and its history. It’s put out a lot of fires.

 “People in the community say, ‘you can’t get rid of it.’ For the fire department, it’s our biggest piece of history.”
Title: Re: Wrecked Maryland rigs from "back in the day"
Post by: FDNYTRUCKScom on November 01, 2011, 11:52:34 AM
I dont understand the article. Pirsch did not go out of business in 1970, they went into the late 80's.
Title: Re: Wrecked Maryland rigs from "back in the day"
Post by: daysleeper47 on November 01, 2011, 02:52:00 PM
Hmm... well, you'd have to email the author about that one...
Title: Re: Wrecked Maryland rigs from "back in the day"
Post by: bulldogboy on November 01, 2011, 10:43:34 PM


  They might mean it was the last Pirsch purchased by McLean. "Clark said 'the truck has special meaning
  for the department because it was the last truck (from Pirsch)'". It was used into the late '80s about the
  time Pirsch went out of business and they could not replace it with another Pirsch. Just my own theory.

                                             bulldogboy
Title: Re: Wrecked Maryland rigs from "back in the day"
Post by: squad546 on November 02, 2011, 12:54:22 AM
Bruco, I have those photos somewhere in the pile of photos I got from John. Now at least I have info to go with it. You recall an ALF ladder that was damaged in the early 1980s in PG? I have the photo somewhere, I'll have to scan it.
Title: Re: Wrecked Maryland rigs from "back in the day"
Post by: boardmansteve on November 02, 2011, 01:21:07 AM
 ???  What does Reply #4 have to do with "Wrecked Maryland rigs from 'back in the day'?"  It's not wrecked, and it's not from Maryland!  ???
Title: Re: Wrecked Maryland rigs from "back in the day"
Post by: CFM on November 02, 2011, 07:12:20 PM
Boardman.
MacLean VA isn't in Md either, nor is that story about a rig that is wrecked. Care to make a remark about that?
The post I made was about a former Aberdeen MD rig that survived a tornado, in its a second life.
Title: Re: Wrecked Maryland rigs from "back in the day"
Post by: Engine33Truck on November 02, 2011, 09:57:42 PM
Boardman.
MacLean VA isn't in Md either, nor is that story about a rig that is wrecked. Care to make a remark about that?
The post I made was about a former Aberdeen MD rig that survived a tornado, in its a second life.

He wasn't saying anything about your post, hence he made a remark about post #4 (Daysleeper's) not yours (post #3)
Title: Re: Wrecked Maryland rigs from "back in the day"
Post by: daysleeper47 on November 02, 2011, 10:01:17 PM
Apparently Steve is the Forums Police.  ;D
Title: Re: Wrecked Maryland rigs from "back in the day"
Post by: Engine33Truck on November 03, 2011, 12:08:45 AM
Apparently Steve is the Forums Police.  ;D

LOL!
Title: Re: Wrecked Maryland rigs from "back in the day"
Post by: CFM on November 04, 2011, 07:36:03 PM
Steve,
I Owe you an appology. I thought you were referring to my post, after you qustioned my disclaimer on another post.
At least we agree that McLean is not in MD and the Pirsch hasn't been wrecked. My face is as red as the Ford was, when it served in Aberdeen. Again, sorry about the mixup. Hope no harm was done.