Keyser Fire Department

Engine33Truck

Assistant Chief
Bruco, I like that! Is the B&O fire the fire that the B&O's fire department (they used to have one in Keyser and it operated only on B&O property for the most part, and KFD was a separate entity) lost those two firefighters? I know that two B&O firefighters were killed, I just don't know when, or even how long that the B&O had a fire company there. 1972 and 73 was before the times of most of the guys I would regularly talk to, the oldest joined in 1975, but he's now the oldest of a family that's been a part of KFD since the Community Bucket Brigade in 1872. So he might remember his dad being on it. DC and Dorsey who joined in 1969 and 1941, respectively, are the only ones that still come around who would've been there. I knew we ran an ambulance, as why we stopped I'm still not sure.

Box2565, I feel like that myself! Lol. I could've got the perfect shot of Squad 37 and Engine/Rescue 34 together during firefighter 2 class and didn't. I regretted it about 5 minutes after I left.
 

START WATER

District Chief
one night I and my son were going to a large building fire
he grabed his camera bag and I forgot mine .

he jumped and ran and i parked and opened the trunk and no camera .And it was a great fire falling walls etc.

My son was trying to charge me money to see his images ,lolololololoo
.never made that error again .
 

brucobuff

Assistant Chief
33, didn't you get the KFD history I e-mailed? The B&O brigade probably was gone before the 1960's, since that is when the shops were shut down. The RR yard itself was gone in the early 1980's. It's hard to believe that Keyser was once a real RR town.
The fire at which the brigade members died was in Feb. 1919,and involved a bank and the Keyser Opera House downtown.
The original fire house was located where the side parking lot of the current downtown sta. is.
KFD's last ambo was a station wagon type from 1963, in about 1975 the Keyser Rescue Squad was formed and the FD turned over EMS runs at that time.

Steve, thanks for the kind comments! I learned the hard way also.
 

brucobuff

Assistant Chief
Here's a KFD piece that never fought a fire; this early 1960's Ford N-model tractor was used by KFD to haul the 1914 ALF antique around for a number of years.
It was OOS when I took this pic in 1993.
 

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brucobuff

Assistant Chief
Here's another clip from the Cumberland newspaper around New Years Day, 1974. This rig was not actually delivered until February, 1975. Waits of 12-18 months were not uncommon then.
 

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Engine33Truck

Assistant Chief
I got the history and I've read through it I just couldn't remember it mentioning when the B&O fire department left. And that is one interesting piece of KFD history (both the Ford and the article about the TeleSqurt). I'm gonna file the Ford tractor in with the motorcycle as the "most unusual vehicles in KFD history".lol
 

brucobuff

Assistant Chief
Engine33Truck said:
I got the history and I've read through it I just couldn't remember it mentioning when the B&O fire department left. And that is one interesting piece of KFD history (both the Ford and the article about the TeleSqurt). I'm gonna file the Ford tractor in with the motorcycle as the "most unusual vehicles in KFD history".lol
A historical end-date has not been determined for the B&O RR FD in Keyser, however the 1960's seems reasonable since several B&O history books in my collection refer to 1960 as the year that the RR started closing the shops in Keyser. "No employees= no fire brigade" Certainly by 1973, the buildings were mostly vacant.
 

brucobuff

Assistant Chief
Got a few more KFD to share
Factory fresh 1984 ALF Century poses for the late ALF photographer Jack Greible
Reg. 8109
1250/500 w/ massive monitor gun
Detroit Diesel 6V92TA
WW Jenkins collection, I purchased this from the photographer about 15 years ago.
 

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brucobuff

Assistant Chief
brucobuff said:
Got a few more KFD to share
Factory fresh 1984 ALF Century poses for the late ALF photographer Jack Greible
Reg. 8109
1250/500 w/ massive monitor gun
Detroit Diesel 6V92TA
WW Jenkins collection, I purchased this from the photographer about 15 years ago.
My photo from May,1997, note the Federal Q had not been added yet.
 

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brucobuff

Assistant Chief
My favorite KFD rig is the 1960 ALF 900 series 750/500, this rig has seen changes, such as a hideous light bar, diesel engine, enlarged water tank (I think the original size was 300 gal.) and enclosure of the original all-open cab. This made all the area parades in my youth, usually accompanied by KFD's marching unit, which won a fair share of prizes, IIRC.
circa 1990 photo, V. McLaughlin, Jenkins collection
1997 photo by WW Jenkins
 

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Engine33Truck

Assistant Chief
Engine33Truck said:
Engine 39-11, Fountain;
I've been studying and restudying this photo and the Mineral County thread. This rig beats the heck outta me, it's not Fountain, as they didn't have a white and blue canopy cab Pierce. No one else did either. The angle of the photo and blurriness makes it impossible to tell exactly what model it is, but it's either a Pierce Arrow, Javelin or Dash. I don't see why it'd be from out of county, so it almost has to be a rig of Fountain's or another company who either way didn't have it very long. Any ideas anyone?
 

GA_Dave

Assistant Chief
The following is a quote from Fountain's website:

A new pumper was discussed and finally ordered. Again the building had to be expanded to allow room for the fourth truck. September 1980 unit 39-11 arrived.
The only Pierce custom it could have been was an Arrow, none of the other Pierce chassis existed then. I don't think it's a Pierce at all. Perhaps an ALF Pioneer???
 

Engine33Truck

Assistant Chief
Yeah, you're right. By 1993 the Dash was no longer a canopy cab design, and the Javelin had been discontinued. At first the thought of maybe a ALF Pioneer came to mind but I dismissed it because I thought it was merely the camera making the windshield appear to have a forward slant. I just now noticed a thin white line on the windshield which would indicate a Pioneer. So maybe. Which opens the mystery up even more.
 

Engine33Truck

Assistant Chief
Here is a 1984 photo of Keyser's old TeleSqurt in Charles Town, WV for the 100th anniversary parade for Charles Town's two VFCs: Independent Fire Company and Citizens Fire Company.

C. Beauchesne photo, J. H. Bennett collection
 

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Engine33Truck

Assistant Chief
Engine33Truck said:
Engine 39-11, Fountain;
I blew the image up, I'm almost 100% positive that the rig I've been trying to ID is a ALF Pioneer Series, I think a Pioneer I. Yet it beats the heck out of me as to who might've owned it. AFAIK, the only Pioneer was Keyser's 1975 Pioneer II TeleSqurt. So who could've owned this? I know that Keyser purchased a 900 Series in the 1990s to use as parts for 33-11, but did they buy a Pioneer also, and put it in service for a bit? Or did Elk District once run this? The paint scheme would suggest Fountain, but I've never found anything to suggest that Fountain ever had a Pioneer, even for a little while... ???
 

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Engine33Truck said:
Engine33Truck said:
Engine 39-11, Fountain;
I blew the image up, I'm almost 100% positive that the rig I've been trying to ID is a ALF Pioneer Series, I think a Pioneer I. Yet it beats the heck out of me as to who might've owned it. AFAIK, the only Pioneer was Keyser's 1975 Pioneer II TeleSqurt. So who could've owned this? I know that Keyser purchased a 900 Series in the 1990s to use as parts for 33-11, but did they buy a Pioneer also, and put it in service for a bit? Or did Elk District once run this? The paint scheme would suggest Fountain, but I've never found anything to suggest that Fountain ever had a Pioneer, even for a little while... ???
The rig in question is Elk Garden's Pemfab Chassis Pumper / Tanker..

At the time this photo was taken I freelanced for both the Keyser and Cumberland newspapers and have several shots taken from the ground of this line-up and a couple shot from the tip of 33-50. If I remember correctly the aerial shot was taken by a gentleman from Short Gap from a plane flown by Dallas Adams of Keyser...

T. Wilson
 

brucobuff

Assistant Chief
I'm sure a former member of KVFD on here would agree that this may be a perfect end to this x-demo 2003 KME quint, which has been a shop queen for its tour of duty.
Kinda like the Titanic!?
A lesson in that a private wooden bridge may be a "Bridge too far" if the fire is on the other side... :D ;D
KVFD pic, more at cumberland times-news.com; 2/24/13.
 

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brucobuff

Assistant Chief
In a happier time for KFD, here is the 1914 ALF and 1974 ALF Pioneer parading in Frostburg, 8/1978, in the Cumberland Valley VFFA convention.
Keyser was 2nd in line of march, Frostburg hosted conventions in 1971, and 1978.
Photo courtesy of Matt McMorran,FFD
 

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X Chief 1

Firefighter
You're 1914 ALF, depending upon several things such as pump capacity (250 gallon per discharge gate) and the size of the motor (4 cyl. or 6 cyl)
could be: a Type 10 which was an improved version of the Type 5 (4 cyl.) or a Type 12, 800. 900, 1,000 G.P.M. pumper or a Type 15, a 1,400 G.P:.M. pumper and Hose car. Match yours to the foregoing and you'll be close.
X chief 1
 
Warren;

I would seriously doubt that the KME's tour has ended. Visible damage was limited to a popped compartment door off it's hinges, two broken vertical handrails on the rear of the body, and a rolled under body flange that the rubrail bolts to on the RS.

Recovery involved Moore Towing's heavy wrecker picking up the rear of the apparatus, while Peer's Towing rigged a redirect cable to the front axle of Truck 33 to pull down during the lift.

Once the rear of the truck cleared the steel bridge beams, the wrecker at the front rigged this second winch line to pull the rig to firm ground.

The front RS stabilizer appeared to be displaced, but once the rig was on firm ground, all the body lines and gaps appeared equal and square. Even the front stabilizer pad hung equal in it's loop.

The aerial device / vehicle never touched the tree in the background..... When we had sufficient battery jumping capacity, the rig started , idled, and built up air pressure with no problems. Truck 33 was then driven back to station 2.

Of course there is possibility of hidden damage but I won't go taking bets that the rig is totaled just yet!


Tim W.
 

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