12/21/09 134 W, 1 I - + 8 - 5 Draper Chemical Car, 1955

The October 1955 issue of Hose & Nozzle magazine featured this picture of a 1919 Ford Model "T" / American LaFrance chemical car that appears to be the first fire truck of the Draper Fire Department. They were organized in 1948 as a private corporation, the magazine notes, protecting a community of approximately 4,000 people. Draper was incorporated as a town in 1949, and the fire department turned over its assets to the town in 1953, but still retained some influence.

In 1955, the department had 27 men, including two paid personnel, and a 1948 Chevrolet / Oren pumper as the primary engine. Another photos shows a utility panel van in the fleet. Draper Fire Department merged with Leaksville and Spray fire departments to form Eden FD, after the communities merged in 1967. Click to enlarge:

Hose & Nozzle photo

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