Sharpsville

Box 2565

Engine 16 Box Responses
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Sharpsville Steel Fabricators - Sharpsville, Pennsylvania

This is a company that I rarely see a photo of their apparatus. There are some really interesting rigs in this af that appeared in the September 1955 issue of Fire Engineering. Several of the pieces shown are similar to apparatus constructed by Maday and Young.
 

yfdgricker

Administrator
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I talked with John Reiter of the YFD who grew up in Sharon, PA. He said that the following departments had Sharpsville Steel Fabricating apparatus. He also said Sharpsille Steel Fabricators were similar to Darley apparatus. They used Darley pumps in their trucks. SSF did mostly tanker and dump trucks but one of the guys there had a soft spot for fire apparatus.

Sharon, PA
Freedonia, PA (x2, a huge walk in rescue that could seat 10 guys easily and a pumper)
Champion, OH (Brush truck)
Middlefield, OH
Patagonia, PA
Sharpsville, PA
Craig Beach, OH (Ford chassis)
New Wilmington, PA
 

gfd1

Probie
yfdgricker said:
I talked with John Ryder of the YFD who grew up in Sharon, PA. He said that the following departments had Sharpsville Steel Fabricating apparatus. He also said Sharpsille Steel Fabricators were similar to Darley apparatus. They used Darley pumps in their trucks. SSF did mostly tanker and dump trucks but one of the guys there had a soft spot for fire apparatus.

Sharon, PA
Freedonia, PA (x2, a huge walk in rescue that could seat 10 guys easily and a pumper)
Champion, OH (Brush truck)
Middlefield, OH
Patagonia, PA
Sharpsville, PA
Craig Beach, OH (Ford chassis)
New Wilmington, PA
In addtion, Gettysburg PA had a rescue. In the ad above, it the squad on the left hand side in the middle. In 1968, the body was remounted on a new Ford chassis and served another 18 years.
 
The rig labeled "Emergency Car" was built for Sharon PA. It had a 350 GPM Darley pump. Sharpsville always used Darley pumps with another hallmark being a boiler sight gauge for a tank level indicator. This rig served a short time as Engine 7. It was later sent to Sharon Police dept. They removed the boat rack, pump and water tank and installed a Memco electric ladder in the rear body. They used it for traffice light repairs and loaned it back to the FD for fire alarm work
 

GA_Dave

Assistant Chief
My hometown of Dunkirk, NY ran a Sharpsville Challenger rescue truck, built on a 1956 Chevrolet chassis.

Don Loeb photo/Dave Organ collection
 

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Engine 16 Box Responses
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GA_Dave said:
My hometown of Dunkirk, NY ran a Sharpsville Challenger rescue truck, built on a 1956 Chevrolet chassis.

Don Loeb photo/Dave Organ collection
Magazine ad showing the Dunkirk rescue. Image from eBay.
 

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Engine 16 Box Responses
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GA_Dave said:
My hometown of Dunkirk, NY ran a Sharpsville Challenger rescue truck, built on a 1956 Chevrolet chassis.

Don Loeb photo/Dave Organ collection
Another view of the Dunkirk rescue. Image from eBay.
 

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APR343

active in preserving Fire Service history
The attached picture (source: apparently a factory photo; in the January 1952 issue of the Fire Engineering jornal) is probably one of the very few still missing in the scarce set of visual references on Sharpsville's short-lived production. It is one Emergency Unit, with a stylish squad body, delivered around 1951 to the Johsonburg,PA's East End Hose Co#3. The rescue, first-aid and operational support equipment carried is displayed outsider and was probably state of the art at the time... It looks very much like a twin of the Salvage & Rescue rig delivered in 1956 to the East Syracuse,NY FD (already shown above in this series of entries)
 

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brucobuff

Assistant Chief
Sharpsville Steel Fabricators - Sharpsville, Pennsylvania

This is a company that I rarely see a photo of their apparatus. There are some really interesting rigs in this af that appeared in the September 1955 issue of Fire Engineering. Several of the pieces shown are similar to apparatus constructed by Maday and Young.
I think this is the same ad
 

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