Keyser Fire Department

brucobuff

Assistant Chief
The oldest KFD photo in my collection is the 1947 ALF, ready for a parade in this William Snyder photo taken in the early 1950's.
Note the V.R. & H. Co. No. 1 lettering, KFD was known as Vigilant Reel & Hose Co. No.1 from 1897-1953.
 

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brucobuff said:
The oldest KFD photo in my collection is the 1947 ALF, ready for a parade in this William Snyder photo taken in the early 1950's.
Note the V.R. & H. Co. No. 1 lettering, KFD was known as Vigilant Reel & Hose Co. No.1 from 1897-1953.
That's our 33-12, I have NEVER seen a picture of her that old! She had to have been brand new then! Thanks for posting that! I don't believe we painted the top of the cab until about a year before we were incorporated into the City of Keyser, and then became Keyser Fire Department. so I'm guessing this photo was from 1950-1951, maybe at the Apple Blossom Parade in 1952.
 

brucobuff

Assistant Chief
The oldest KFD photo in my collection is the 1947 ALF, ready for a parade in this William Snyder photo taken in the early 1950's.
Note the V.R. & H. Co. No. 1 lettering, KFD was known as Vigilant Reel & Hose Co. No.1 from 1897-1953.
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That's our 33-12, I have NEVER seen a picture of her that old! She had to have been brand new then! Thanks for posting that! I don't believe we painted the top of the cab until about a year before we were incorporated into the City of Keyser, and then became Keyser Fire Department. so I'm guessing this photo was from 1950-1951, maybe at the Apple Blossom Parade in 1952.
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The banner on the side says Welcome to Keyser, so I really think this was an early 1950's CVVFA (Cumberland Valley VOL. Firemen's Assoc.) parade. IIRC the 1947 was not repainted until 1974-75, a diesel was also installed then , I think because of accident damage. Of course the 1975 ALF Pioneer was the 1st NEW KFD rig to be white/red, the Witten Protectall cab was installed on the 1960 ALF also in the early 1970's.
This is a May,1975 slide by Joel Woods (Jenkins collection) of an obviously freshly painted 47.
Since my 1st parade attendance in Keyser was about 1969, I'll check a couple of my mother's 8mm movies from back then to make sure.
 

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Yes, I misquoted the year that the white paint was added and one of our older members corrected me on it. One of these days (I moved away from Keyser recently but plan to move back soon), I want to take a scanner and scan all of the older pictures that I can.
 

boardmansteve

District Chief
Engine33Truck said:
Tanker 33-20, 1975 or 1982 Chevy/Rescue Systems, Inc. 500/1250 tanker. No one seems to agree on the year, while pictures are labelled 1975 and the inspection sticker states its a 1982
What is the 10th character in the VIN?
 

brucobuff

Assistant Chief
33 here's a Keyser "mystery rig", I shot this 1957 Jeep/Howe 500/200 at Sta. 2 in 1997, did it come from state surplus? I think they got it around 1993-94.
 

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Thank you! I've never seen a picture of Hooterville that close up! When I joined the guys I hung around with said they had never seen a picture of it, and was fairly positive that none existed. When I took HazMat two months later at Wiley Ford's station, I found a picture of most of the Mineral County rigs purchased after 1980. I thought it was took in 1990 or 1991 as Burlington's Engine/Tanker 44-12 was there. So now I know it was taken in at least 1993. Myself and a buddy of mine who joined a couple of weeks before me found a 1999-2001 photo of the whole fleet at Station 2 during fire prevention week. The captain told me when I first joined that we didn't even have it for ten years. He thinks we got rid of it in 2000 or 2001, replacing it with 33-80.

I'm not sure if we got it from army surplus or not. Everyone one that I asked said that they didn't know where it came from or where they got it. If you know where we got our brush truck, which is ex-US Army and the older guys have said that it served time in Vietnam, I suspect that we got Hooterville from the same place. And the original fire hall, I like that picture. I've seen pictures of it in the station but it didn't have the rigs in it. I'd like to know where on Center St. it was.

Photo from top (I'm not 100% positive that these are correct, but 95%): Engine 33-16 "Hooterville", Keyser; Engine 33-15, Keyser; Engine/Tanker 44-12, Burlington; Brush 38-60, New Creek; Utility 38-31, New Creek; Engine 35-11, Patterson Creek; Engine 34-12, Short Gap; Rescue 34-40, Short Gap; Ambulance 37-70, Fort Ashby; Engine 37-11, Fort Ashby; Ambulance 4-70, Elk Garden; Engine 27-12, Wiley Ford; Tanker 146, Elk District; Engine 25-12, Ridgeley; Engine 39-11, Fountain; and Engine 24-13, Tri-Towns
 

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brucobuff

Assistant Chief
Here's another shot of the 57 Jeep, this was taken by a friend around 1992-3, (near as we can tell) you can see it was not lettered yet.


David Bowen photo
Interesting group shot albeit blurry. I have photos of all the apparatus xcept for 38's brush, the only piece I'd ? is 4th from the bottom,it looks more like Fountain's old tanker. Elk Garden had a early 1970's Ford F-750 with a plain square body until their current Freightliner/4-Guys.
 

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It may be, I've never seen a picture of their old tanker, so I guessed it was Elk District's by the color. Also the one I labelled as 4-70 might be the old Rescue 27-40. It's blurry because it was a framed photo and I took a picture of it with my iphone. Also, you mentioned having photos of all of those, if you get the time, would you be able to post them? Now that I've moved away, I sorta regret being around the full fleets of Fountain, McCoole, Westernport, Piedmont, Wiley Ford, Short Gap, and New Creek and Quint/Rescue 8, Tanker 47, Engine/Rescue 9 (I think that's what she's called), Squad 37, and a few others and not photographing them.
 

Engine33Truck

Assistant Chief
brucobuff said:
The oldest KFD photo in my collection is the 1947 ALF, ready for a parade in this William Snyder photo taken in the early 1950's.
Note the V.R. & H. Co. No. 1 lettering, KFD was known as Vigilant Reel & Hose Co. No.1 from 1897-1953.
That's our 33-12, I have NEVER seen a picture of her that old! She had to have been brand new then! Thanks for posting that! I don't believe we painted the top of the cab until about a year before we were incorporated into the City of Keyser, and then became Keyser Fire Department. so I'm guessing this photo was from 1950-1951, maybe at the Apple Blossom Parade in 1952.
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The banner on the side says Welcome to Keyser, so I really think this was an early 1950's CVVFA (Cumberland Valley VOL. Firemen's Assoc.) parade. IIRC the 1947 was not repainted until 1974-75, a diesel was also installed then , I think because of accident damage. Of course the 1975 ALF Pioneer was the 1st NEW KFD rig to be white/red, the Witten Protectall cab was installed on the 1960 ALF also in the early 1970's.
This is a May,1975 slide by Joel Woods (Jenkins collection) of an obviously freshly painted 47.
Since my 1st parade attendance in Keyser was about 1969, I'll check a couple of my mother's 8mm movies from back then to make sure.


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The engine blew up. If I remember right, that rig has had three engines during her time. And there's a plate on the old 33-50 that states "TS-50". You are correct that she is a 50ft rather than a 55ft
 

brucobuff

Assistant Chief
Engine33Truck said:
It may be, I've never seen a picture of their old tanker, so I guessed it was Elk District's by the color. Also the one I labelled as 4-70 might be the old Rescue 27-40. It's blurry because it was a framed photo and I took a picture of it with my iphone. Also, you mentioned having photos of all of those, if you get the time, would you be able to post them? Now that I've moved away, I sorta regret being around the full fleets of Fountain, McCoole, Westernport, Piedmont, Wiley Ford, Short Gap, and New Creek and Quint/Rescue 8, Tanker 47, Engine/Rescue 9 (I think that's what she's called), Squad 37, and a few others and not photographing them.
1. always carry a camera in your travels (iphone not so much) even a small digital of 5-8 mp is useful for rig shooting
2. never pass up a shot in good light, even if it's officers side.
3. if a driver is around, ask to have it posed, just like my P-Creek photos
I did not start seriously shooting rigs until I was 30 years old, however my mother shot movies of every parade we went to from 1967-77, so I have something to aid my memories.lol ::) ::

I'll get to all of them in time, just need a chance to do scanning...
 

Engine33Truck

Assistant Chief
I'm definately going to start doing that. I have some pictures in bad light that might not be too bad. I have a picture of Squad 23, 33-15 and Squad 33 I took on a bad car wreck one might before going over the side of the hill. And a picture of Engine/Tanker 22 that I took when she backed into 33 Station 1 for standby after I missed the truck. I haven't posted them yet as I'm trying to figure out how to edit them
 

brucobuff

Assistant Chief
33, I also kept scrapbooks when I was a kid; thought you might like this clip from early 1973, KFD had a "busy" year, lol. Did ya know KFD once ran a gut-bucket? IIRC, 1973 was the year the B&O RR Shops burned; wonder if any KFD oldtimers remember that one?
 

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brucobuff said:
1. always carry a camera in your travels (iphone not so much) even a small digital of 5-8 mp is useful for rig shooting
2. never pass up a shot in good light, even if it's officers side.
3. if a driver is around, ask to have it posed, just like my P-Creek photos
Great advice! If there is a "Fire Apparatus Photographers Code" ever published those three items will constitute the core of what I believe one should follow. I could kick myself for not following #2 for so many years. My addition to this list would be that you should photograph everything that has the departments name on it. My biggest mistake in apparatus photography was when I stopped taking photos of chief's cars, ambulances, and utility pieces (mostly pickup trucks) during the 1970's. There are almost no chief's cars (99% are SUV's) left, limo style ambulances are only a memory (the ambulances that are around are as big as a pumper was in the 1970's), and pickups, while around, are mostly the size of a monster truck! Anyway, stick with what Bruco said and you'll develope a great photo collection. P.S. Another good piece of advice is that when you're taking a week long trip into Pennsylvania, passing through Wheeling (220 miles from home) is not a good time to remember that your camera bag is on the dining room table. Good advice, not that I know anyone who has actually ever done such a boneheaded thing... ::)
 
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