12/16/11 56 W, 2 I - + 2 - 4 Military Surplus Pumper For Sale

From a reader, this former Marine Corps pumper was photographed at the state surplus facility on Garner Road. Sale priced at $4,500, says the sticker in the window. High-wheelbase, maybe originally designed for snow, sand, or brush duty? Lettered for Comfort VFD, of which there's one in Tennessee. Click to enlarge:

mike i have been a follower of your website for a long time. i am a ff/emt in ohio and a former parkwood and falls firefighter in nc. anyway i’m not saying your wrong about this truck but i did a google search and there’s a comfort volunteer rural fire dept in jones county, nc which is over by the coast. i never found anything about a comfort vol fd in tn. still doesn’t solve the mystery of the all wheel drive setup.
chris clark - 12/16/11 - 17:15

Mike, Back when I lived in N.C. Comfort was a town near the coast, I think in Jones County, but maybe Craven or Lenior. It was down that way. And being in the general area of Camp Lejune I suspect this pumper may have come from there.
Galax,Va - 12/16/11 - 17:16

Thanks gang, Comfort FD in Jones County indeed sounds like a more likely match!
Legeros - 12/16/11 - 19:09

The USAF called these P-8 pumpers and used them for brush fire protection. The military purchased the Ford C 4×4s with Pierce bodies between 1981 and 1984 and typically had 500 GPM pumps, 600-gallons tanks, and a 55-gallon class B foam tank.
BFD1151 - 12/16/11 - 20:27

Mike I checked with a guy I know on Comfort FD and the truck was indeed one of their old engines used for a while if was recieved through the Forestry Service and was used at Camp Lejune. Comfort is on Hwy 41 between Trenton and Beaulaville in Jones County.
car3550 - 12/20/11 - 21:05

Very cool! Thanks for inquiring and passing along.
Legeros - 12/20/11 - 21:07

Anyone know if this truck is still for sale? Any contact number?
Chris Yaroch (Email) (Web Site) - 12/15/14 - 15:48

It could very well be a USAF P-8A (the only examples I’ve found were from 1982). These crew cabs models were few and far between. The only place I ever saw them was the fire school at Chanute AFB. The Standard P-8 had a Ford C-Cab and firefighters road the tailboard. These replaced the Ward LaFrance pumpers. And were themselves replaced by KME equipment until the USAF returned to Pierce, who they still deal with.
Bob Jarvis - 08/22/15 - 16:49

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