Central Fire Apparatus

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Engine 16 Box Responses
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Central built apparatus in St. Louis from 1935 until 1970. Along the way they moved their factory to suburban Manchester, Missouri. After Central went out of business their former building in Manchester housed an automobile dealership.

Denver, Iowa owns this beautiful 1946 Chevrolet chassis rig that has a 500-gpm pump, 200-gallon tank, and a 3-door cab. That looks like a 35-foot wood ladder being carried. I would imagine that having that ladder mounted on the side is the reason for the 3-door cab instead of a 4-door. In all my years of taking apparatus photos this rig is one of my favorites that I've had the good fortune to encounter.

Steve Hagy photo.
 

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Alsip IL
1947 Chevrolet/Central
500 gpm - 600 tank


Lisle IL No. 2
1946 IH-Central
500 GPM-800 Tank


Forest Park IL Engine 2
1942 Diamond T/Central
500 gpm
Dan Martin Photos
 

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Waunakee, Wisconsin Engine 683
1962 IH/Central
750 GPM - 500 Tank
Jack Connors photo.
 

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Chevrolet/Central for the Seatonville Community Volunteer Fire Dept.
Image from eBay.
 

wf33ret

District Chief
Steve, I'm not sure about the Glenmoor Central, I'll try to inquire if I can get out that way.
Thanks for the question.

Bob.
 

nappc

Lieutenant
Saginaw, Texas
1991 Ford/Central
250 gpm 1000 gallon tank

The much modified body came from a Central engine. This brush truck has now been replaced.
 

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Engine 16 Box Responses
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Tulsa purchased 12 Ford/Central engines during 1963. That Chevrolet in the post above this (Wayne Twp. rig) is a terrific looking rig. Sure would like to have a photo of that one!
 

boardmansteve

District Chief
Box2565 said:
Tulsa purchased 12 Ford/Central engines during 1963.
These girls were assigned new to Engines 1-5, 8, 9, 11, 15, 16, 18, and 21. They were shipped in two batches of six each. All but one were repainted red at some point in their service life. A few are still in some degree of service with small departments in the area. They were the first TFD pumpers to have air brakes, electronic sirens, and 500-gallon tanks.
 

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Christiansburg, Ohio
1948 Chevrolet/Central
500 GPM - 500 Tank
Steve Hagy photo.

Poplar Bluff, Missouri
1948 GMC/Central
500 GPM

Charleston, Missouri
1950 GMC/Central
500 GPM - 400 Tank
Dick Adelman photos.
 

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Calvert City KY No. 1
1951 Chevrolet/Central
500 GPM - 300 Tank
Rebuilt with Rear Cabinets
Jerry Sudduth photo.

Dupo IL
1950 Available/Central
750 GPM - 500 Tank

Somerville OH
1953 Ford/Central
500 GPM - 500 Tank
Steve Hagy photos.
 

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