Ward LaFrance Apparatus 1960 - 1979

daysleeper47

District Chief
Rombout VFC, Fishkill, NY
Engine 1 - 1971 Ward la France
Pump - 1250 Gallons per minute
Tank - 1000 Gallons
2000' ft of 2-1/2 inch hose
Seated 5
Sold in 1986

Modified due to loss of photo.
 

yfdgricker

Administrator
Staff member
Here are a couple of Akron, OH's Ward LaFrance's. Sorry but I don't have any other info on these.

Photos courtesy of Steve Bournias.
 

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West Baden Springs, Indiana No. 2
1970 Ford/Ward LaFrance
750 GPM - 500 Tank
#73-455

Pennington Gap, Virginia Ladder 1
1979 Ward LaFrance
100' Aerial
#80-1641
Ex-U.S. Navy at Portsmouth, Virginia

Van Buren Township at Bloomington, Indiana Engine 93
1973 Ward LaFrance
1500 GPM - 1000 Tank
#80-1657

Steve Hagy photos.
 

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Irvine, Kentucky Engine 6
1970 IH/Ward LaFrance
1000 GPM - 1000 Tank
#73-497
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
#73-319
Steve Hagy photo.
 

Andrew2340

FF/EMT/RT/FM
Here's the first WLF Ambassador I ever shot! Sadly enough, this was just taken a few months ago, haha.

Gatlinburg (TN) Fire Dept. "Engine 5"

1976 WLF Ambassador
1250/1000
Spec # 80-1321
Ex-New Egypt, New Jersey
 

Andrew2340

FF/EMT/RT/FM
Here's one of my most recent WLF finds. This one is for sale outside the Watauga FD, just outside Elizabethton & Johnson City, TN.

Watauga (TN) Fire Dept. "Engine ????"

1974 Chevrolet C-65/Ward LaFrance
750/750
Spec # 73-953
 

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Hi Andrew,

I find it interesting that Gatlinburg would find it necessary to purchase used apparatus. I would think that the town and fire department would be in great shape financially.

Ward LaFrance sold fairly well in North Carolina. You should be stumbling across an Ambassador ever now and then! Keep looking...

Steve
 

Andrew2340

FF/EMT/RT/FM
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!
 

boardmansteve

District Chief
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!
 

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Marion Township at Marion, Ohio
1973 Ford/Ward LaFrance
1000 GPM - 500 Tank - 50' Tele Squrt
Steve Hagy photo.

Dowagiac, Michigan
1974 Ward LaFrance
1250 GPM - 500 Tank - 50' Redi Tower
Dan Martin photo.
 

Andrew2340

FF/EMT/RT/FM
Roan Mountain (TN) Fire Dept. "Engine 800"

1974 Chevrolet T-65/Ward LaFrance
750/1000 (could be wrong on the tank size)
Spec # 47-110
Ex-???????? "Engine 3"
Ex-U.S. Military
Ex-TN Forest Service

Andrew Messer Photo
 

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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!

Truck 14
1965 Ward LaFrance
100' Aerial (Aerial manufactured by Thibault)

Engine 17
1970 Ward LaFrance
1500 GPM - 500 Tank
Dan Martin photos.
 

boardmansteve

District Chief
If anyone here can "fill in the blanks" on any of these rigs in this and the following posts, please do so!

New Orleans, LA
(This is either the rig in the last post or one just like it; I don't know how many were delivered in this batch.)

Newark, NJ
Hook & Ladder 9
(notice the differences between this and the NOFD trailer)

Washington, NJ
750/?
Truck 3

Merrick, NY
750/?
(How many Fire Brand quads has anyone seen? Not many, I'm sure! I wonder if the vented door ahead of the pump is for a generator compartment?)

(factory photos)
 

boardmansteve

District Chief
Snyder, NY
75'

St. Paul, MN
Snorkel 1

...and from Boardman's Readi-Tower files:

Brookfield Twp. (Ohio?)
1000/?/85'
Unit 9

?
1500/?/35'
(unidentified rig...help!)

(factory photos)
 

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Hi Steve,

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.

Steve
 

boardmansteve

District Chief
These sheets were printed on glossy photo paper and were used to show all types of apparatus. Plenty of information here...thanks, WLF!

Gregg Twp. Fire Co. No. 1 (Spring Hills, PA)

Deshler, OH

Houston, TX
(Her vertical tank made for a very low and therefore easy-to-load hose bed.)

Massachusetts Port Authority (Boston, MA)
(What a monster!)

(factory photos)
 

boardmansteve

District Chief
Dallas, TX
1963 WLF #80-0014
Gas/manual
1000/?

Elmira Heights, NY
Gas/manual
750/500
(Well, what brand did you expect them to buy?)

Birmingham, AL

Bailey's Crossroads VFD (Falls Church, VA)
(Note that this girl has air intakes on the front of the cab...I wonder if that's because of the Roline engine?)

(factory photos)
 

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Weedsport, New York
1975 Ward LaFrance
1000 GPM - 1000 Tank
Dan Martin photo.
 

mdhealy

Probie
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.

Mike


boardmansteve said:
Snyder, NY
75'

St. Paul, MN
Snorkel 1

...and from Boardman's Readi-Tower files:

Brookfield Twp. (Ohio?)
1000/?/85'
Unit 9

?
1500/?/35'
(unidentified rig...help!)

(factory photos)
 

matchot

Probie
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
 
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