Altoona FD, 1992

brucobuff

Assistant Chief
E2 was in the Juniata section which was a separate town(w/2 vfc's) until 1929.
E2 ran this 1978 Seagrave PB 1500/500, AFD units in 1992 were a mix of red, slime, and white/red.
Reserve E5 had a 1967 IH/Bruco 750/400, note unique preconnects
Warren W. Jenkins photos
 

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brucobuff

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E3 was in the east side of the city. The ffs here cross-staffed a rescue and an engine.
RS10 was a 1985 Chevy Kodiak/Saulsbury
RE6 (formerly E4) was another 1967 IH/Bruco 750/400, the regular engine was OOS at the time of our visit.
Warren W. Jenkins photos
The assigned engine was this 1971 IH Fleetstar/Bruco 750/400, another of AFD's small fleet of IH chassied Bruco engines.
1996 photo by Warren W. Jenkins
 

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brucobuff

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E4 was housed at the former E6 house in the city's southern end, the AFD once consisted of up to 10 stations in the past, plus 2 operated by the Pennsylvania RR.
This station was not shot during our 1992 visit.
1983 Mack MC/Bruco 1500/500
Warren W. Jenkins photo, 1996
1958 Seagrave Anniversary 85', freshly repainted in 1989. Rig auctioned off at Pechin's 2006 auction, current status unknown.
John Floyd photo, WW Jenkins collection

All of the rigs pictured are either gone today or been rehabed and in reserve.
 

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brucobuff

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squad546 said:
Looks like they had a nice mix of rigs, hope the Seagrave found a good home.
AFAIK, the only 2 rigs left from 1992 are the Mack MC (rebodied 1999), and the Chevy rescue (refurbed 1995). AFD has 5 Spartan-chassied rigs(3E,1RS,1AT), and 2 Duplex-chassied rigs(1E,1RM100'). The min. manning is 12/shift plus duty chief for the 4 stations, so its mostly 2 per rig.
 

brucobuff

Assistant Chief
During the mid1990's, AFD began upgrading their fleet. In 1998, the merger of the Juniata Gap VFC with the Grandview VFC in adjacent Logan Twp. made this engine surplus. AFD obtained the rig to serve as a reserve engine, and eliminate the remaining tailboard-equipped rigs.
1972 Mack CF #1524 /1984 Hill Top Welding 1000/1000 xFDNY MP7224, XE233
NO Longer on roster
Dave Bowen photo, Jenkins collection
 

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brucobuff

Assistant Chief
Another mid 1990's AFD oddity was this converted 1960's GM Transit bus, obtained from the local transit agency in 1994. Work mostly done by the dept., and completed in time for the bus to respond to the famous Logan Valley Mall fire in late 1994. The bus was utilized for a week at this incident.
I believe this is also off the roster.
Warren W. Jenkins photo, 1996
 

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brucobuff

Assistant Chief
AFD E314 is a 2005 Spartan/Crimson 2000/500 stationed at Sta. 4 in the south end
Reserve eng. 316, a 1990 Duplex/Grumman Panther 1250/500 and the 1941 Mack L-85 antique are also housed here.
Usually just a 2-man crew here.
4-16-16 images by WW Jenkins
 

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brucobuff

Assistant Chief
Big changes over the last 2 years in Altoona, as AFD took delivery of 3 Rosies, 2 engines and a tower.
AFD has been buying from Rosenbauer and its American predecessors for over 20 years.
There are now 3 Rosenbauer engines and 1 Crimson in 1st line, along with a Spartan/Crimson heavy rescue and a 2019 Rosenbauer Commander 100' MM AT
Reserve rigs consist of a 2009 Spartan/Crimson 2000/400/105' quint, and 3 Spartan-chassied engines, 2 Crimson and 1 Firecab.
I have no info on the 3 1990s Duplex rigs surplused by all these changes.
Rosenbauer/IAFF #299 PHOTOS

New E313, 2017 Rosenbauer Commander 2000/500 note change back to open pump panels.
New E312, 2018 Rosenbauer Commander 2000/500
New AT351, 2019 Rosenbauer Commander 100'MM a tight fit in the 1927 Station 1
 

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