04/22/09 180 W - + 13 - 9 Unsafe Fire Truck, 1957


In the Raleigh City Council Minutes of September 18, 1957, the following was recorded: "The City Manager reported that the 1,000 gallon fire truck pumper in service for 21 years has reached a point where it is not safe and dependable as fire equipment, and that it has bee pulled back to a stand-by type of equipment to be used for pumping service in case of second or third-alarm fire. Since there is little chance of replacing this piece of equipment in this year's budget he asked that it be borne in mind for the forthcoming fiscal year." This would have been the 1936 American LaFrance 400 Series pumper, which originally served as Engine 1. The stylish, 12-cylinder (!) engine was later stored beneath Station 8, and finally sold as surplus on December 20, 1976. As the story goes, the owner stored same outdoors, maybe Down East. The truck deterioriated beyond any point of salvage, it is said.  See photos of this great old truck. As for a replacement rig, the subsequent pumper purchase was a 1958 American LaFrance, contract dated December 4, 1958. Read more apparatus history.





  
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