Irvine, Kentucky Engine 6
1970 IH/Ward LaFrance
1000 GPM - 1000 Tank
Sold by Midwest Fire & Safety of Indianapolis and identified with a Midwest name plate over the pump panel.
Jerry Sudduth photo.
Frenchtown Township, Michigan Engine 1
1970 Ford/Ward LaFrance
1000 GPM - 750 Tank - 50' TeleSqurt
Steve Hagy photo.
I kinda wondered the same thing Steve! It isn't first out engine by any means, its more of a reserve, back-up engine. One of those deals where if you see it responding, you better be headed in the other direction, because something bad is wrong, haha! Gatlinburg has alot of apparatus, but they only had a few pieces that are newer. They have a newer Lance engine, an HME/Nova Quintech aerial and a newer Freightliner engine (none of which I've got to shoot yet),
There are probably more WLF Ambassadors here in NC, I just haven't managed to uncover them yet...soon though, very soon!
Here is a 1967 Ford/Ward LaFrance, gas/automatic, with a 65' Grove aerial and a booster system. Originally there were two of the CJ24 siren speakers, one in front of each beacon. These (and the original PA20A siren) were kept by the Tulsa shops for use as spares.
This was Tulsa's only WLF and the first apparatus they ever purchased with an automatic transmission. Originally assigned to Ladder 7 (at 25's), she was later used as Ladder 9 (at 26's) before being placed in reserve. While in reserve, she was loaned to Sapulpa, OK while their 1949 ALF 700 aerial was repaired and refurbished after a 1976 accident in which a firefighter was killed.
Attached is a 1986 photo, taken at her second home in Del City, OK. From there she went to Pauls Valley, OK; she's since been surplused and is no longer in fire service.
If anybody has a factory photo of this girl, I'd sure like to have a copy...thanks!
New Orleans, Louisiana was a good customer of Ward LaFrance during the 1960's and 70's. These open cab rigs represent a small portion of the apparatus purchased by the NOFD from WLF. The tractor-drawn aerial is a real beauty!
The Brookfield Township rig is from Ohio. I believe that department is just outside of Canton. That's a rig that I would have liked to have taken a photo of!
I looked at my New Orleans photos as the album was handy. The Squrt equipped engines that NOFD operated had hard suction in place of high-side compartments. I believe that Philadelphia operated some Ward LaFrance engines equipped with Squrts. When I have a chance I'll see if I can dig up a photo of one of the Philadelphia rigs and compare that to your unidentified picture.
The Snyder, NY ladder replaced a Buffalo Quad. It was sold to Cuba, NY in the 1970's where it replaced the same Quad that had been sold to Cuba. Cuba ran the Ward up into the later 1990's when it was replaced with a new ladder. The ward was then sold to someone in Tenn. but they blew the engine loading it on the truck that was to haul it South. I've heard that in the last several years that Snyder has purchased the truck back and is restoring it.
Cuba had the truck repainted in the late 1980s when it began to show some body cancer. Although it remained red the repaint was a brighter red than the original paint job. At some point in its life a Federal 17 was also added to the cab roof. The thing I remember most about this piece was that you about had to stand on the brake or clutch pedal to get them to move. They had some pretty hefty springs on them. I had the opportunity to drive this truck many times when I was a member of the CFD back in the late 80's and early 90's.
The last that I knew Mike, and all, is that the Snyder FD has received this rig back from the Cuba FD, or one of Snyder's members has bought it for themselves. It was at their open house a couple of years ago, and somewhere in my archives I have pics of it in CFD lettering, but back in Snyder. When I find the pics, I will post them here to the board.
Jeff Ambroz - Rochester, NY