05/08/10 135 W, 2 I - + 8 - 4 Another Oldie

What's the emblem on the door of the 1950 Mack pumper pictured in the prior posting? Same is a city seal, which also adorned this 1950 FWD F-75-T pumper. Chassis #785261, serial #115282, with 750 GPM pump and 150 gallon tank. This is old Engine 4, placed in service on March 3, 1950. Then as Engine 2 on January 7, 1956. Then sold as surplus on December 20, 1976. Bid price was $13,023. Just don't confuse with the 1957 FWD F-722 pumper that subsequently served Hopkins FD.

This was the first modern pumper for the Raleigh Fire Department, which was impacted by war-time restrictions in the 1940s. The last new pumper purchased was a 1936 American LaFrance Series 400. One used engine was purchased prior to Station 6 opening in 1943, and that was a 1919 American LaFrance Type 75 bought from Farmville on July 13, 1942. Click to enlarge:

Courtesy North Carolina State Archives

Did the seal appear on any other apparatus? Not that I have seen. Two American LaFrance pumpers were delivered in 1951, and I have not seen said seal on either in photos from that period.
Legeros - 05/08/10 - 07:14

War time restrictions?
Curious - 05/08/10 - 14:33

Yes, during World War II, and I believe particularly after the attack on Pearl Harbor, restrictions were placed on usage and consumption of materials and resources around the country, and in private and public sectors. Even base civilian use, such as gasoline rationing. In Raleigh, the fire department was impacted in its inability to purchase new fire apparatus, as well as a delay in rebuilding Station 1, which was demolished in 1941 and a replacement lot purchased, but the construction of the station wasn’t done for over ten years later.
Legeros - 05/08/10 - 15:17

During the war civilian motor vehicle production, including fire apparatus, virtually ceased as factory resources were turned toward producing military vehicles or armament. For those relatively few rigs that were produced around this era, you will see a noticeable absence of chrome as the use of certain metals was also almost exclusively focused on defense needs. Bumpers, grilles, and headlight bezels, for example, were painted.
RWECC - 05/14/10 - 06:22

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