03/02/08 118 W, 4 I - + 10 - 14 Vintage Drills

Here's are some images with interesting things to see. Taken at the training center in the 1970s, the first shows the 1979 Mack/1958 American LaFrance tiller prior to its paint job and behind-the-cab bench seat (which was interesting place to ride once it was installed, let me tell you), the plastic fire helmets with numbered shields, someone with a yellow helmet, and some red striped socks worn by whomever is playing the victim. The second shows the smokehouse, apparently in action. The gloves in the foreground bear the initials W.R.F. Perhaps it's a last name + Raleigh Fire? The third picture shows a view from above. Helmet numbers of the pictured are #363, #104, #209, and #396. Click to enlarge:

The yellow helmets were worn by the guys on Rescue. The helmets were Chieftains and MSAs.

The suspension in side of the helmets were the same type found in construction hardhats. Some of the helmets had elastic chinstraps, others had leather. MSA also had a unique style to their leather shields- the ones with a metal medallion mounted the medallion high on the shield center. They also had a specific style of lettering on the MSAs, which can be seen in the numbers 6, 9, or 8 on one of the shields.

The shields were made by Plectron from Overton, NE. They also made alert monitors and pagers for volunteers back in the day.

Ahhh…and the smoke house picture brings back memories…nothing like eating smoke to put hair on your chest!
DJ (Email) - 03/03/08 - 10:11

I think the yellow helmet is being worn by retired captain Jimmy Russell, the black helmet 363 is Chief Alan Walters,The person playing the victem is Captain Wayland Holden.I am not 100% sure but I think that is who they are.
Kp (Email) - 03/03/08 - 20:25

Sorry, correction the correct helmet number for Chief Walters is 396 not 363.
KP (Email) - 03/03/08 - 20:27

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