When Camp Kilmer closed, Rutgers got the bulk of the place--buildings---furniture--warehouses full of everything you can imagine----we used the old fire engines until they quit running--for good--that was in 1973. We had the military Seagraves, Ford Chassis Darleys and the GENERALS on International Chassis---there were 4 fire stations on the base--none of which we used--we had another newer garage at that time--we occupied it,until 1980. It was real old time firefighting when we took over the base property. The old barracks and wooden buildings were lit up everyday by the local kids. I have to say---the military rigs took a beating!! they were tough old machines. I am only sorry that the remnants of the old Gamewell box system weren't kept---they were all removed. There was also a very unique HOUSING AREA ALERTING SYSTEM-----distinctively marked telephone poles had an all weather electrical switch that a person could flip up---it sounded a siren on the pole--and turned on a BLUE light. The siren alerted the firefighters who rode around looking for the light---and then handled the problem. The old base housing area is long gone--but one old pole STILL exists--minus the siren--but the rusty light fixture is still there--- I know the location and I hope someone gets a photo or two before it is removed--someday. We did sell tons of the old soda acid extinguishers that were on the base. God knows how many lamps were made of them. Today--the leftover old buildings still have paper stapled to the walls with the old signatures of the fire wardens who did walking hourly checks on the base. Old punch time clock KEYS still hang on some buildings--we have one old punch clock with the shoulder strap. TODAY--all the new university buildings--since 1966--are now covered with Closed circuit television security cameras... and sprinklered---with the very best fire alarm systems. 60,000 students--billions of dollars worth of property--and the fire loss every year is MAYBE--100 dollars--if that!! Our department does thousands of calls a year---mostly EMS---low priority service and assist calls--elevator----water leaks----stadium standbys--bells and smells--haz mat--and mutual aid. I have worked here for 39 years.
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• Here is a brush truck from the Eastport, LINY VFD. It is a mil surp M-818 "Iron Horse" 5-ton tractor. (Check the web for pre-conversion examples.) It has a 1K gwt and a 1k gpm Hale skid unit pump, Hale 30-FS pump driven by a 3 cylinder John Deere diesel engine, hose and nozzles. It was at a muster in Ridge LI at the Brookhaven 350th anniversary Museum in 2005.
The next series shows the cab prior to conversion and the data plates confirming its identity. See the 'converted' driver's seat foto. Notice the additional panel lights above the instrument cluster. By design, mil vehicles don't have bright interior lights. Note that the canvas top has been replaced with a solid roof and holds the switches for the audible and visual warning devices. Notice this truck still has five-forward-on-the-floor (no slush pump here.) A Long Island firm did the conversion. Twenty more can be seen at their site
Chivvis Fire Truck Co
Here's the converter's foto
Eastport 5 ton Brush truck
• Customer supplied government surplus 5 ton chassis
• 1000 gallon upf poly water tank
• Hale 30-FS pump with 3 cylinder John Deere diesel engine
• FRC focus lights
• Super single wheels
• Led warning lights
• Custom steel body
• 10" steel pipe bumper, 3" steel pipe cage
Here's the back end showing the Hale 30 FS driven by a three cylinder John Deere diesel and the M-135 Eastport Deuce.
We had these in the AAA outfit I was in (56-63). They had a four speed auto transmission and a separate hand-operated control on the steering wheel column to control the electric brakes on the radar trailers.
Benton Co. Fire Dist. #4 in West Richland, WA., started with a 1942 Ford Class 325 fire truck. (Pictured on the right.) The fire district organized in 1954 and bought the truck through surplus from the Atomic Energy Commission. The truck had previously served on the Hanford Site, a part of the World War II Manhattan Project. Hanford Site produced the plutonium for one of the atom bombs. The truck was built by WS Darley, had a 300 gpm Darley F-11 front-mount pump, and a 300 gallon tank. We managed to find the truck in October of 2018. It is back with BCFD #4 for restoration.