X- Military & Government Surplus

wf33ret

District Chief
There were thousands of fire departments across the country that
acquired X - military and government surplus vehicles to serve a second
life in the fire service. Some were built as fire apparatus and some were
converted by resourceful department members. The results produced
some very interesting rigs.

1956 GMC
250 / 1000
Dunbar Twp., Morrell, Pa.

1952 Reo
150 / 1000
Summersville, W.Va.



Lloyd Photos
 

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wf33ret

District Chief
1944 Chevrolet / Unknown
500 gpm
Long Hill Fire Co.
Chatham Twp., N.J.

Photographer Unknown

1944 International / Darley
x- U.S.Navy type FFN-3 (300 gpm)
Tri State Fire Protection District
Hinsdale, Illinois

Photo and Information from Dan Martin
 

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wfdstation42

Firefighter
Here's a couple color shots of Long Hill Fire Co's Chevy courtesy of the fire trucks at war website. They have it listed as being made by General.



 

FMGREG

Firefighter
This 1942 Chevrolet started its fire service career with the U.S. Army Air Force as a class 110 fire truck. It was Painted Olive Drab Green and was designated for airfield use. It carried 250 Gallons of pre-mixed protein foam and water that was discharged by 100 gpm pto pump. It carried 4-50 lbs Co2 extinguisher tanks connected to a 1/2 inch diameter hose an discharge horn with the hose being mounted on a reel on the rear of the truck.

Transferred from the U.S. Army to the U.S. Air Force in 1947 and repainted Air Force Strata Blue. It was later made surplus and sold to Macarthur Airport (Islip) on Long Island. The Hauppauge Fire Department purchased it from the airport and removed the Co2 System and further modified it for civlian use for general firefighting duties. In the mid-1960s it was converted to a stump jumper for firefighting in the Pine Barons and while it is still in service it is almost never used as the District it serves is now devoid of the endless brush and Pine Barons that used to exist in its response area.
 

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MilFireGuy

Lieutenant
wf33ret said:
1945 Chevrolet
X- U.S.Army
Lakeland Fire Dept.
Ronkonkoma, N.Y.

Beckwith Photo


Syosset, L.I., N.Y.
no information

Both trucks are Class 325s and appear to have Maxim bodies built on the Chevrolet military chassis.
 

MilFireGuy

Lieutenant
FMGREG said:
This 1942 Chevrolet started its fire service career with the U.S. Army Air Force as a class 110 fire truck. It was Painted Olive Drab Green and was designated for airfield use. It carried 250 Gallons of pre-mixed protein foam and water that was discharged by 100 gpm pto pump. It carried 4-50 lbs Co2 extinguisher tanks connected to a 1/2 inch diameter hose an discharge horn with the hose being mounted on a reel on the rear of the truck.

Transferred from the U.S. Army to the U.S. Air Force in 1947 and repainted Air Force Strata Blue. It was later made surplus and sold to Macarthur Airport (Islip) on Long Island. The Hauppauge Fire Department purchased it from the airport and removed the Co2 System and further modified it for civlian use for general firefighting duties. In the mid-1960s it was converted to a stump jumper for firefighting in the Pine Barons and while it is still in service it is almost never used as the District it serves is now devoid of the endless brush and Pine Barons that used to exist in its response area.



207 of the Class 110 Army crash trucks were built at the Army Quartermaster Depot at Camp Holabird, Baltimore, MD, 150 at the Memphis Quartermaster Depot and 40 by Oren Fire Apparatus. If the posted vehicle is still around some information from its nomenclature plate, like the USA number will tell us just which organization built the truck and prehaps where it served during its enlistment with the Army.
 

FMGREG

Firefighter
Milfireguy, Concerning the Hauppauge Truck, Here is the info I could get off the Plate in the cab,

Motor Transport Shop
Holabird Q.M. Depot
Baltimore, Maryland
Make and No. of Engine HRU10188
Make and No. of Pump 053988
Class 110, USA No 501886
Job # 3103

If you can shed any light on additional history of this vehicle your efforts would be appreciated.
 

MilFireGuy

Lieutenant
FMGREG said:
Milfireguy, Concerning the Hauppauge Truck, Here is the info I could get off the Plate in the cab,

Motor Transport Shop
Holabird Q.M. Depot
Baltimore, Maryland
Make and No. of Engine HRU10188
Make and No. of Pump 053988
Class 110, USA No 501886
Job # 3103

If you can shed any light on additional history of this vehicle your efforts would be appreciated.


Thanks for sending the information along. I checked in my information from Army records and early Air Force records and neither have USA 501886 as being a Class 110. Army records show that number as being listed to a 1942 Ford-Oren Class 500 fire truck. Records from both services do show a 503886 as being a Class 110. Can't explain the absence of 501886 (Class 110) from the records.

50702-50731 Holabird
501274-501428 Holabird

503961-504000 Oren

503769-503918 Memphis QM Terminal
 
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