San Jose Firefighters 2011 Car Show

Jeff_Christner

Lieutenant
So my son and I took our 1968 Ford/Hahn engine to the San Jose Firefighters Car Show. This is the first year we've done the show since we didn't have 8506 last year! There were only a few other privately owned rigs there, including a tractor drawn Seagrave aerial ladder. Most of the rigs were current in service San Jose apparatus and a few pieces owned/operated by the museum.

Shown below is 8506 with the Seagrave, with the doors open, and with the cab tilted.

Jeff
 

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Engine33Truck

Assistant Chief
SixbyFire said:
So my son and I took our 1968 Ford/Hahn engine to the San Jose Firefighters Car Show. This is the first year we've done the show since we didn't have 8506 last year! There were only a few other privately owned rigs there, including a tractor drawn Seagrave aerial ladder. Most of the rigs were current in service San Jose apparatus and a few pieces owned/operated by the museum.

Shown below is 8506 with the Seagrave, with the doors open, and with the cab tilted.

Jeff
Beautiful truck!
 

Jeff_Christner

Lieutenant
Three more cool shots. Close up of the bell on the museum's Mack. A Southern Pacific Locomotive built by Baldwin in 1913, complete with airliner taking off from San Jose's airport in the top left of the photo, and a shot of the Seagrave from the hose bed of 8506, with some of those cars that were at the show in the background.

Hope you all enjoyed the photos!

Jeff
 

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Engine33Truck

Assistant Chief
SixbyFire said:
Three more cool shots. Close up of the bell on the museum's Mack. A Southern Pacific Locomotive built by Baldwin in 1913, complete with airliner taking off from San Jose's airport in the top left of the photo, and a shot of the Seagrave from the hose bed of 8506, with some of those cars that were at the show in the background.

Hope you all enjoyed the photos!

Jeff
I think the fire trucks were probably the star of the show, after all, that's why people go to parades in the US! :D And is it just me, or does the bumper on the Seagrave look a bit off-set?
 

Jeff_Christner

Lieutenant
Engine33Truck said:
I think the fire trucks were probably the star of the show, after all, that's why people go to parades in the US! :D And is it just me, or does the bumper on the Seagrave look a bit off-set?
The bumper does look that way, can't really be the angle. I checked my other shots and this is the best one that would show it if it was offset.

There were only two CalSPAAMFAA member owned rigs here at the show, mine and the Seagrave, although I the museum might technically be a member too. Most of the firefighters, and there were lots of them there on duty and off, seemed more interested in the cars, and many of the cars were owned by firefighters. Since 8506 is open and kid friendly, more then a few kids climbed inside and had their pictures taken, as opposed to San Jose's rigs which nobody was really checking out. We also handed out some of our trading cards at the show and they were a big hit with kids.

I included a shot of our cards, version 1 anyway. Version 2 has some improved typesetting but is otherwise the same.

Jeff
 

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evs1

Probie
SixbyFire , Do you have any problems with the roof flexing from the lightbar? My department has a '78 C-cab Pierce and we had to add extra supports to the roof.
 

Jeff_Christner

Lieutenant
evs1 said:
SixbyFire , Do you have any problems with the roof flexing from the lightbar? My department has a '78 C-cab Pierce and we had to add extra supports to the roof.
No problems yet, the roof seems pretty strong, plus the lights are mounted directly over the supports so I think that helps spread the weight. The lights/siren on 8506 now are not original, I don't know what configuration of lights/siren the two departments that owned 8506 before me had. I have no plans to add anything up there, but I will keep an eye on the roof, see if I notice anything. I've kneeled on the roof and it did give way, but popped back into place when I got up.

Jeff
 

Lifeguard238

Firefighter
Its interesting to see such small hard suctions on the SJFD Spartans. Even on the FDNY Seagraves, they have range I believe from 3 1/2" on up. Most modern heavy pumpers carry larger hard suctions.
 

Jeff_Christner

Lieutenant
Lifeguard238 said:
Its interesting to see such small hard suctions on the SJFD Spartans. Even on the FDNY Seagraves, they have range I believe from 3 1/2" on up. Most modern heavy pumpers carry larger hard suctions.
Yea, I was surprised to see that too, I didn't ask any of the firefighters why that was, though I suspect that San Jose, unlike the other two large cities in the SF Bay Area, San Francisco and Oakland, really doesn't have access to the bay to draft water from. Granted San Jose has lakes and streams, but I don't think drafting is something they'd do often, not that San Francisco or Oakland draft often, it would just be more likely they would do so during a large scale disaster. San Francisco for example has cisterns throughout the city that engines can draft from during a large scale disaster that might disrupt regular water supplies.

Jeff
 

Lifeguard238

Firefighter
Thanks for the additional information. I remember reading a few articles about the SFFD drafting from those cisterns after the 1989 earthquake.
 
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