02/05/14 1326 W - + 4 - 3 Historical List of Durham Fire Apparatus?


My favorite past time is research, if you haven't noticed. Or maybe it's photography, with research a close second. My curiosity around Durham's former rescue units (see posting) and a recent 1955 list of apparatus (see posting) has had me wondering. What would a full fleet listing look like, of all apparatus since the beginning?

Here's a quick compilation, based on a few ready (to me) sources. Great way to start the day, and good practice for my "how to handle your history" talk that I've proposed for the South Atlantic Fire Rescue Expo in July. 

Huge holes all over, of course. First and foremost are the associated companies and units, which would've changed over the life of a truck's history. We'll ask our friends in Durham to eyeball. Heck, maybe they've already invented this wheel and will get a good laugh at my reinvention. We'll see what surfaces, or what readers have to offer.

Important note! This is a listing of each UNIQUE piece of apparatus. If they served at more than one station, that information should be added as notes, and not as a new record (line of text).
 

Year/Make/Model Type Specs Unit(s) / History Notes
1903 LaFrance steamer #1 Engine  
 
#1 of 2 Called Black Pattie and Black Jack Only one still on roster in 1907.
1903 LaFrance steamer #2 Engine  
 
#2 of 2 Third size.
1910s Webb triple combination hose car Hose  
 
Source: Sanborn.
1912 American LaFrance steamer[1] Engine 750 GPM  
Serial #3368. Pulled by motor vehicle by 1913. Reserve still in 1937. Third size. (Second Size?)
1915 American LaFrance Type 12 triple combination pumper Ladder  
 
ALF serial #899 DFD history sources say 1912 for date of first pumper. Same truck?
1915 American LaFrance Type 20 combination service truck Ladder  
 
ALF serial #898
1915 White triple combination pumper Engine 500/40 (chemical)  
Source: Sanborn. Same truck as above? Was this a 1915 White/ALF?
1920s Ahrens-Fox triple combination pumper Engine  
 
 
1926 American LaFrance Type 17-6 aerial ladder Ladder 75-foot, tiller  
ALF serial #5427
1928 Ahrens-Fox service truck Ladder  
Ladder 8 (at Sta 3)    

1930 White pumper Engine 500 GPM    
Source: DFD PPT[2]
1930s-1940s Ahrens-Fox triple combination pumper Engine 750/60  
Source: Sanborn
1932 White pumper Engine 500 GPM  
Source: See above.
1934 Seagrave pumper Engine 1000/100 Engine 1  #1 of 2
1934 Seagrave pumper Engine 1000/100 Engine 2  #2 of 2
1940s Ahrens-Fox triple combination pumper Engine 900/800  
Source: Sanborn
1941 Ford auxiliary truck  Special ?/?  
Equipped with pump and tank
1943 Seagrave pumper Engine 750/100 Engine 3  
1947 Mack service truck Ladder  
Ladder 10 (at Sta 2)  
1948 Mack pumper Engine ?/600 County pumper (at Sta 1) Bought by county. Called “booster truck” in 1955 NFBU report. Later used as tanker, when replaced with newer pumper?
1949 American LaFrance 700 Series aerial ladder Ladder 100-foot Ladder 9 (at Sta 1) ALF serial #9165 Listed as 1948 model in NBFU report 1955
1949 Seagrave pumper Engine 750/300 Engine 4   
1950s Seagrave 75th Anniversary pumpers (plural) Engine  
 
 
1952 Ford/Darley pumper Engine 500/400 Engine 7 (at Sta 2) Shop built.
1953 Ford/Darley pumper Engine 600/500 Engine 6 (at Sta 1) Shop built.
1957 GMC Civil Defense rescue truck Rescue  
 
Purchased by county. Source for model year is DFD history book.
1960s American LaFrance 900? Series pumper Engine  
 
County pumper, replaced original Mack county pumper.
1960s GMC van as ambulance/rescue Rescue  
Rescue 1/Rescue 11  
1960s International/Ward LaFrance pumpers (plural) Engine  
 
 
1970s GMC ambulance/rescue Rescue  
Rescue 11 (at Sta 1)  
1971 Ward LaFrance/Hi-Ranger articulating platform Ladder ?/?/85’ Snorkel 1 Retired 1996.
1975 Ward LaFrance pumper Engine  
Engine 2  
1976 Sutphen aerial platform (HS-1249) Ladder 1500/100/85’ Ladder 2 Source: RAC, SDL. Alternately year 1975.
1976 Ward LaFrance pumper Engine  
Engine 1  
1976 Ward LaFrance pumper Engine  
Engine 3  
1977 Ford C/Howe pumper Engine  
Engine 9  
1978 Ford C/Sutphen pumper (HS-1348) Engine 1000/500 Engine 4 #1 of 2. Source: SDL
1978 Ford C/Sutphen pumper (HS-1349) Engine 1000/500 Engine 5 #2 of 2. Source: SDL
1978 Ford C/1994 M&W rescue Rescue  
Rescue 2 (technical rescue unit, staffed by L2) Past: Rescue 7  
1978 Ford/Ward LaFrance pumper Engine  
Engine 8  
1978 Sutphen aerial platform (HS-1250) Ladder  1500/200/85' Ladder 2 Source: SDL. Alternate year 1976.
1980s Ford/Frontline ambulance/rescue Rescue  
Rescue 11 (at Sta 1)  
1980s Grumman? aerial platform Ladder  
 
 
1980s ____ step van Special  
Mobile air Later water rescue unit?
1982 Ford C/____ pumper Engine  
Engine 8  
1983 Ford C/____ pumper Engine  
Engine 7  
1983 Ford C/Atlas pumper Engine  
Engine 10   
1986 Ford C/American Eagle pumper Engine  
Haz-Mat 13  
1987 Ford C/EEI pumper Engine 1000/500 Engine 12  
1990 Duplex D-500/E-One pumper Engine 1250/500 Engine 2  
1990s International/Frontline ambulance/rescue Rescue  
Rescue 11 (at Sta 1)
Squad 1
Remounted Frontline body
1991 E-One Hush pumper Engine 1500/500 Engine 3 #1 of 2
1991 E-One Hush pumper Engine 1500/500 Engine 1 #2 of 2
1994 E-One Hush pumper Engine 1500/500/40 (foam)  
 
1997 E-One Cyclone II pumper Engine 1250/500  
#1 of 2
1997 E-One Cyclone II pumper Engine 1250/500  
#2 of 2
1997 International 4900/E-One air and light unit Special  
MSU1  
1997 Sutphen aerial platform (HS-3136) Ladder 1500/300/95’ Ladder 1 Source: SDL. Alternate year 1997.
1998 E-One Cyclone II pumper Engine 1250/500 Engine 5  
2000 International/E-One pumper Engine  
Engine 14  
2000 Sutphen aerial ladder (HS-3499) Ladder 1500/500/75’ Engine 2 Source: SDL
2001 International 4900/E-One pumper Engine 1250/500 Engine 11 #1 of 2
2001 International 4900/E-One pumper Engine 1250/500 Engine 14 #2 of 2
2002 International 4900/Toyne pumper Engine 1250/500 Engine 8  
2003 Chevrolet 2500/____ light-duty rescue Rescue  
Squad 1 #1 of 3
2003 Chevrolet 2500/____ light-duty rescue Rescue  
Squad 2 #2 of 3
2003 Chevrolet 2500/____ light-duty rescue Rescue  
Squad 4 #3 of 3
2003 Sutphen aerial platform (HS-3775) Ladder 1500/150/95’ Ladder 2  Source: SDL
2004 Sutphen aerial ladder (HS-3847) Ladder 1500/500/75’ Engine 16  Source: SDL
2004 Sutphen aerial platform (HS-4007) Ladder 1500/250/95 ‘ Ladder 12  Source: SDL
2005 Spartan Advantage/Crimson pumper Engine 1250/500 Engine 12  
2005 Spartan Advantage/M&W Engine 1250/500 Engine 10  
2005 Sutphen aerial ______ Ladder 1500/500/104’ Ladder 1  
2006 Spartan Advantage/Crimson pumper Engine 1250/500 Engine 2  
2007 Ford F-550 Super Duty/____ Special  
USAR 80_ (water rescue) NC Task Force 8
2007 Sutphen Shield pumper Engine 1500/500 Engine 6 #1 of 2
2007 Sutphen Shield pumper Engine 1500/500 Engine 3 #2 of 2
2008 Sutphen Shield pumper Engine 1500/500 Engine 15 #1 of 2
2008 Sutphen Shield pumper Engine 1500/500 Engine 1 #2 of 2
2009 Ford F550/_____ utility-body truck Special  
Rescue 15 (water rescue vehicle, staffed by E15)  
2009 Sutphen pumper Engine  
Engine 12  
2010 International/SVI utility truck Special  
MSU 1  
2010 Sutphen aerial platform Ladder  
Ladder 2  
2010 Sutphen Shield pumper Engine  
Engine 13 #1 of 2
2010 Sutphen Shield pumper Engine  
Engine 9 #2 of 2
2011 Ford F250 Super Duty / ____ light-duty rescue Rescue  
Squad 1 #1 of 3. Remounted body
2011 Ford F250 Super Duty / ____ light-duty rescue Rescue  
Squad 2 #2 of 3. Remounted body
2011 Ford F250 Super Duty / ____ light-duty rescue Rescue  
Squad 4 #3 of 3. Remounted body
2011 International/CW Specialty haz-mat truck Special  
Haz Mat 13 (staffed by E13)  
2012 Sutphen Shield pumper Engine 1500/500 Engine 4  
2013 Sutphen Shield pumper Engine 1250/500 E3 #1 of 2
2013 Sutphen Shield pumper Engine 1250/500 E16 #2 of 2
  Sources:
[1] Incorrectly listed in my steam engine database as 1903 model. This web site lists as 1912, which makes more sense: http://www.steel-wheels.net/sferegister.html
[2] The DFD history PPT has numerous discrepancies, such as contradictory model years of apparatus cited in other sources. For the 1930s White trucks, we’ll add to this chart and cite as primary source until confirmed elsewhere.




My friend owns the 1949 ALF Ladder 9. He has or is in the process of selling it back to the firefighters of Durham. More to come this spring as it may just return back to the city.
Tim H - 02/05/14 - 22:04



  
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