1st Annual York County,PA. Fire Muster; 10/5/14

brucobuff

Assistant Chief
This event was held at Cousler Park, a county-owned facility in a northern suburb of York,PA.
The muster covered 2 parking lots, an amphitheater with walkway, and a small pond, unfortunately not pumper accessible.
This photo of a 1947 Alf 700 750/250 (Susquehanna Hose of Columbia,PA.) pumping from a dump tank into yonder deck gun shows the pumping limitations of the site.
Turnout was about 30 motor rigs of all types/vintages, and about 1 dozen hand-pulled pieces.
Following commentary and images by Warren W. Jenkins

More coverage at the York Daily Record ydr.com
 

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brucobuff

Assistant Chief
2 PA. village pieces
Seven Valleys,PA.
1883? Rumsey pump, bought privately by businessman in 1883, vfc formed 1884, only pump in town until 1939 (replaced by used ALF from West Chester,PA.)
1920 Pirsch chemical cart, used until 1940s
 

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brucobuff

Assistant Chief
1954 GMC/Darley 500/800, restored by Strinestown ,PA VFC, long-time Darley customer
1958 ALF 900 series 1000/500, x-City of York, used until late 1990s, note rag top
 

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Engine 16 Box Responses
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brucobuff said:
This event was held at Cousler Park, a county-owned facility in a northern suburb of York,PA.
The muster covered 2 parking lots, an amphitheater with walkway, and a small pond, unfortunately not pumper accessible.
This photo of a 1947 Alf 700 750/250 (Susquehanna Hose of Columbia,PA.) pumping from a dump tank into yonder deck gun shows the pumping limitations of the site.
Turnout was about 30 motor rigs of all types/vintages, and about 1 dozen hand-pulled pieces.
Following commentary and images by Warren W. Jenkins

More coverage at the York Daily Record ydr.com
Nice photos as always Warren. I like this first picture with the nice long stretch from the engine to the deck gun!
 

brucobuff

Assistant Chief
[/quote]Nice photos as always Warren. I like this first picture with the nice long stretch from the engine to the deck gun!
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Thanks Steve, it was a challenge between spectators, other photogs, the exhibition hall style parking of the rigs, and then came the clouds...
 

brucobuff

Assistant Chief
I had a chance to assist the proceedings when a call went out for jumper cables to get a dead portable pump running at the drafting pond.
Since my truck was nearby, I offered my trusty, 25+ yr. old cables, which were attached to the Forest fire crew's 67 Dodge and presently the pump kicked over, making refilling of the dump tanks a little faster.
 

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mackcffan2014

Firefighter
These are great photos! Thank you.
Great to see a Aerialscope as well!
Were any in service units there? Seven Valleys Community has some impressive ones I'd like to see more photos of. They have (maybe had-I don't see it on their apparatus list anymore) a beautiful 1981 ALF.
Finally-great catch with the '47 ALF in the first photo. It looks like the door has no padding on the inside-is that accurate? Is it an all metal door?
 

brucobuff

Assistant Chief
mackcffan2014 said:
These are great photos! Thank you.
Great to see a Aerialscope as well!
Were any in service units there? Seven Valleys Community has some impressive ones I'd like to see more photos of. They have (maybe had-I don't see it on their apparatus list anymore) a beautiful 1981 ALF.
Finally-great catch with the '47 ALF in the first photo. It looks like the door has no padding on the inside-is that accurate? Is it an all metal door?
The local station; West Manchester Twp. of York United Fire-Rescue was well represented with a Sutphen engine and aerial tower, medic unit and utility p/u. All the kiddies had a thrill when the whole business took off to a rescue box, lots of Federal Q, air horns, and big Detroits roaring. There were about 6 other in-service rigs from local vfds.
Seven Valleys has had used rigs from a lot of places in the last 25 years. The 81 ALF you mention is beside the Cadillac ambulance in post #10 and has been relettered FDNY E65 its original assignment. It then served Jacobus, PA, before coming to Seven Valleys.
Padding on doors and other places in the cab did not show up until the late 70s-early 80s, in my experience. Next time you watch Emergency, look closely at E51's WLF engine, no padding there.
2010 photo of Seven Valleys 81 ALF Century/91 JC Moore 1250/500
 

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mackcffan2014

Firefighter
Thank you for great, insightful answers always. I'm glad I found this site-it's a priceless resource for when I can't just go visit a station!
I can believe that story about the kids-I would have been excited to see all the trucks leave too. I still get excited sometimes. I hope all was alright on that call though, that's always my first concern.
Is E65 in private hands now? It's definitely worth saving. That is for me I think the prettiest Century I've seen. I tend to like the enclosed Centuries and Mack CFs, so it has that going for it. There are no out of place lights for me, and of course the wheels. The wheels look so great on that one. It just looks like it has seen it all and comes back for more.
Thank you for sharing that photo from 2010. I'm still hoping to see this one in person. It is one that, from a distance, got me interested in firefighting again.
Sorry for going so far off topic!
 
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