Ford C Fire Apparatus

brucobuff

Assistant Chief
The vfds in Allegany County, Maryland bought Ford C-cabs from the 50's thru the 80's.
Here are 4 of different ages, builders, and colors.
Potomac FC of Westernport; 1967 American 750/500; J. Woods, Jenkins collection
LaVale VFD, 1960 Pirsch; 750/500 Jenkins collection
Midland VFD, 1959 Central, 750/1000 Jenkins collection
Bowman's Addition VFC, 1986 Grumman 1000/1000, V. McLaughlin photo, Jenkins collection
 

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brucobuff said:
The vfds in Allegany County, Maryland bought Ford C-cabs from the 50's thru the 80's.
Here are 4 of different ages, builders, and colors.
Potomac FC of Westernport; 1967 American 750/500; J. Woods, Jenkins collection
LaVale VFD, 1960 Pirsch; 750/500 Jenkins collection
Midland VFD, 1959 Central, 750/1000 Jenkins collection
Bowman's Addition VFC, 1986 Grumman 1000/1000, V. McLaughlin photo, Jenkins collection
The Midland engine was sold to Mt. Olivet, Kentucky where it was placed in service without any changes to the name on the door!
 

brucobuff

Assistant Chief
Box2565 said:
brucobuff said:
The vfds in Allegany County, Maryland bought Ford C-cabs from the 50's thru the 80's.
Here are 4 of different ages, builders, and colors.
Potomac FC of Westernport; 1967 American 750/500; J. Woods, Jenkins collection
LaVale VFD, 1960 Pirsch; 750/500 Jenkins collection
Midland VFD, 1959 Central, 750/1000 Jenkins collection
Bowman's Addition VFC, 1986 Grumman 1000/1000, V. McLaughlin photo, Jenkins collection
The Midland engine was sold to Mt. Olivet, Kentucky where it was placed in service without any changes to the name on the door!
Thanks Steve, it left Midland around 1986-87, it was supposedly the 1st C-cab in Allegany Co.
Here are 4 more:Midland, 1975 Swab body rescue, later rechassied. WW Jenkins photo
McCoole, 1980 Pierce 1000/1000 S.P. Ryan slide, Jenkins collection
Potomac of Westernport, 1986 RSI Rescue body, McLaughlin photo, Jenkins collection
Good Will FC of Lonaconing, 1983 Pierce 1000/1000, McLaughlin photo
 

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Engine33Truck

Assistant Chief
I've heard before that McCoole used to have green engines, but I've never seen pictures, so thank you for posting them. And Potomac's Ford C rescue, Squad 22, is still in service, they also owned a Ford C/Grumman canopy cab engine that they replaced, I'm assuming due to the time frame, with Engine/Tanker 22. Their neighbour across the river, Piedmont, WV, runs an identical Ford C/Grumman, Engine 24-13. Unfortunately I don't have pictures of either.

however, here is Charleston Fire Department, Charleston, WV, Engine 472, a Ford C/E-One canopy cab topmount.
 

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APR343

active in preserving Fire Service history
See details of a 1967 FORD C600 Thibault/Morysville under the "Odd and unusual rigs" category (http://www.youngstownfire.com/forums/index.php/topic,9194.0.html).

This fine piece of apparatus (lighting plant and utility unit) was custom-built by Thibault, on a FORD C600 chassis, for the Chews Landing,NJ FD. It was later operated by both the West Collingswood Heigts,NJ FD and (subsequently by) the Burlington,NJ FD (Hose Co#5- “Neptune”), where it ended active life in late 2006. At some undisclosed time after original delivery Morysville (now out of business) provided some revamping of body.

It was eventually shipped to Europe for preservation as a privately owned historical vehicle. Full re-equipment with (mostly) vintage gear took place in Portugal from 2007 to 2011 and the rig has now a functional profile compatible with a multi-purpose/special operations truck of the former Portuguese fire appliance category APR. With a Portuguese genuine license plate dating from 1967, the rig still sports the original Burlington livery.

Truck was assigned the call sign APR343 in praise of all fallen Firefighters /Rescuers/Salvagemen, particularly of all those killed in the line of action during the 9/11 infamous event.

For any further details see the article "One of a kind" in the Visiting Fireman publication (2008 edition).
 

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mikefire32

Probie
Here are three pictures of Happy Valley (Oregon) Fire 32....

Pic 1) The first of two identical pumpers on the day the first arrived in Happy Valley, taken March of 1965. Standing in front of the pumper is my father, and that little kid hanging onto his leg is me, just four years old.

Pic 3) Before it left Oregon and headed to Soldotna, Alaska, taken September of 1981.

Pic 3) And after I restored it back to original condition, taken May of 2011.

Photo credit: Mike Beutler
 

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Engine33Truck

Assistant Chief
Nice truck! I've heard a lot about it here and there, who built the body on it though? That's one thing I've never heard.
 

mikefire32

Probie
The truck was built by Wesco, which was a division of Industrial Steel Tank and Body Works, located in Berkeley, CA. My father was a mechanical engineer by trade and a volunteer fire chief by default, and on the side did some work for Doug Roney, who built Roney Fire trucks. Between the time the project was started and the district was ready to purchase, the Roney business had been sold twice, first to the Convoy Company in Portland who built the same truck and put the name Westland on it, and then to Industrial Steel Tank and Body Works. These trucks were so complex that they were destined to be built by Wesco, or whoever Doug Roney was with at the time, as he and my dad had been working on the project for several years. The trucks were unlike anything else that had been built at the time, so companies like Seagrave, Pirsch, Ward LaFrance and others refused to bid it as spec'd and offered their standard product. I will post more information as to the details later, most likely starting a post for Wesco in the apparatus builder's section. If you have not seen it, go the the post on wrecked fire apparatus and you will see my submission regarding the collision between the two pumpers. Below is a picture that was run in the Oregon Journal newspaper in May of 1965 when the first engine went in service. My father Bill Beutler is standing at the side of the truck and Captain Milt Durham is in the cab.
 

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