03/03/15 141 W, 2 I - + 8 - 3 Durham County Pumper Accident, 1957


From the History of Durham group on Facebook comes this photo of Durham County's first pumper, which was wrecked in 1957. The accident occured at the corner of Trinity Avenue and North Mangum Street, at Dodson's Esso service station. Click to enlarge:
 

 
The apparatus was a 1948 Mack pumper, bought by the county and housed at Durham Station 1. Was staffed by Durham firefighters and probably cross-staffed from the other city companies. The truck carried 600 gallons of water. Don't know the pump capacity. Was called a "booster truck" in the city's 1955 report by the National Board of Fire Underwriters.

My notes say same was later used as a tanker, which seems to indicate the truck was repaired after the accident. Here's a picture from the Durham Fire Department history page on Facebook. Click to enlarge:
 







  
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