10/18/08 135 W, 1 I - + 8 - 15 World's Fair Fire Departments?

With fairs and expositions on our minds, what World's Fair Fire Departments have been organized over the past decades and centuries? Google finds a few quick hits. Here's a nifty page on the 1964-65 World's Fair Fire Department in New York. Another site has more about their fire engines. Information about the Ahrens-Fox pumpers that protected the 1939 World's Fair in New York are included on this page. Here's some information about fire protection at the 1915 Pan-Pacific Exposition in San Diego. The World's Columbian Exposition of 1893 in Chicago had a fire department. Here's a PDF document about the fire that killed 14 firefighters on July 10 of that year. Here's a nifty simulation of the exposition grounds, as well. Finally, here's a Wiki page with all World's Fairs listed.

Photo courtesy Gary Urbanowicz

As a total side note, the Chicago Fire Department had numerous rigs based upon the Jeep COE chassis (pictured). I read an article once that referred to the station where many of them were housed as “Disneyland”. Seems like at least one of them was a ‘smoke ejector’ unit. I remember many, many years ago seeing a fire truck somewhere (I can’t remember where) that was on one of these chassis. I think it was sort of a mini-pumper (I was 4 or 5 at the time). I always thought those trucks were kind of cool.
DJ (Web Site) - 10/18/08 - 14:50

All it took was a little searching….

DJ (Web Site) - 10/18/08 - 14:55

Here’s a must-see Chicago Fire Department site, http://www.chicagofd.org/.. Same highlights the history of the city’s Civil Defense services. Great apparatus photos, in particular.
Legeros - 10/18/08 - 21:29

What ever happened to the pumper that was built by the NYC shops for the 1939 worlds fair. It was lettered for engine 324. I checked it in “wheels of the bravest”, but didn’t give info past it production.I am using this info in a question of the month in a column I write for the local FDs
Thomas Parson (Email) - 02/23/09 - 22:48

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