11/20/10 190 W, 1 I - + 9 - 3 Old Moore County Fire Engine

Lee Wilson has found this old Ford fire engine parked off Wade Avenue. It's labelled Moore County Fire Department and also has V.F.D. on the hood. Should we presume the truck served Vass Fire Department? The model year might be late 1950s or early 1960s. Our readers should know that answer, at least.

If the truck served in Moore County in North Carolina, then its history might go something like this: Moore County begins providing rural protection to rural residents in the above era. Perhaps they organize a county-based fire department, or maybe just purchase one or more trucks. Which are provided to municipal or existing fire departments, such as Vass FD. Hence the hood lettering for V.F.D. 

That's pretty speculative. Maybe our readers know.  Here's a history of the Vass FD, which merged into Circle V Fire Department, and which is presently called Cypress Pointe Fire Department. Got that? See a couple more photos from Lee. Maybe Mr. Blogger can find the truck and see if a registration plate indicates more. Or, Moore. 

Lee Wilson photo

The truck is presently parked at 600 Wade Avenue. It’s a Ford 700 Series, with a Barton-American body. The doors were once lettered Moore County __________ Fire Dept. The hood had four letters originally. The first letter is covered, the second letter looks like it was changed to a “V”. My original theories above are perhaps hogwash. Maybe the truck is from one of the out-of-state Moore County Fire Departments that Google finds. ??
Legeros - 11/20/10 - 11:37

Looking at the grill work, it looks to be a 1964. 1965 and 1966 had the turn signals over the headlights. 1962 had the F O R D logo on the grill, spelled out (I believe), and 1963 had a more open grill. There would also be differences in the fender medallion from year to year. The ‘V’ in the red paint on the door is classic Barton-American from the period.
DJ - 11/20/10 - 19:09

Request from a reader. Does anyone know where this truck is today? The truck did not belong to Vass FD, and they’re checking to see if it belonged to Aberdeen FD.
Legeros - 03/04/11 - 08:25

Google search produces Moore Counties in NC, TN, and TX.
DJ - 03/04/11 - 19:12

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