05/08/11 108 W, 1 I - + 1 - 7 Corinth Holders 1962 Ford/American LaFrance

Photographer Lee Wilson spent the day the other day at the Corinth Holders Fire Department in Johnston County, where a barbecue fundraiser was underway. They are planning to restore the engine, which was their first purchased-new piece of fire apparatus, I believe. They're looking for pictures of the truck, and information about its history. Have stories of the truck and its decades of service? Post or email. The ubiquitous cab-over Ford pumper. Wonder how many of those were delivered in North Carolina, by LaFrance or others? Had to have been dozens, or maybe hundreds. See more pictures from Lee.

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More like hundreds. The ALF/Fords I know of around here were Corinth-Holder, Apex, Bethesda, and Cary. I think Clayton also had one.
DJ - 05/08/11 - 14:57

I have seen alot of Howe and John Bean’s mounted on these style cabs all over Eastern North Carolina, some still in service.
car3550 - 05/08/11 - 18:06

Most of the departments in Beaufort, Dare and Hyde Counties have/had at least one. My first station, Bunyan VFD in Beaufort Co., had an ’85 with a jumpseat, but I can’t recall who built the body. It wasn’t Bean or Howe. They sold it to Pantego VFD in the same county a couple years ago when they took delivery of their new Pierce Enforcer. That area still has a lot of those type pieces in use out that way. I miss riding the jumpseat on that old truck!
Duda (Email) - 05/10/11 - 08:26

Holly Springs had a 1971 or 72 Ford / Bean with the high pressure pump. No jump cab on that truck. I learned how to pump on that truck, and it was a blast to drive.

Apex had several over the years. The two I remember most were the Ford / Quality with jump cabs. If you can call it that. You still got wet when it rained, but your SCBA was dry. I was driving one of those trucks the night Fran came through. We were stuck in New Hill on our way to a cardiac call when the tress across the road blocked us. When we turned around, there where more trees, and there we sat as the eye came over. A state owned motor grader with a front mounted rock rake came to get us and led us back to town pushing the trees out of the way. I will never forget that night.

Morrisville had a pair of Ford / E-Ones. They were 1990 models and from what I was told, the last two of that combination off the E-One line. They had raised roof jump cabs and in my opinion, were the best looking Ford C Cab trucks I have seen.

Cary had a Ford / Pierce truck with jump cab. I remember being passed by a school bus while running emergency traffic on that truck. That thing would not get out of it’s own way. It was cut down and and the pump mounted on a trailer for training which was at station 6 last time I saw it.

I have seen several of these trucks in old photos around the county, but these are the ones I have had personal experiences with.
Donaldson - 05/12/11 - 14:53

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