12/23/12 199 W, 1 I - + 5 - 4 Vintage Fire Photos - White Memorial Church, August 2, 1987

As seen and finally identified in our recent mystery photo, here are a handful of historical photos after a fire at the White Memorial Church on Oberlin Road. The incident date is August 2, 1987. The units seen look like Engine 5, Engine 6, Truck 1, Foam Unit 1 (likely being used as an industrial-strength smoke fan), and whatever the 1966 Chevy panel truck (and former rescue unit) was called at the time. Might've been Light Truck 1. The thing carried lights and later air bottles.

By that time, there was a cascade system in the alarm house at Station 1. Did the panel van also carry a generator? Still trying to determine the year the thing was placed in service. It's remember at Station 1 as early as 1981. Log books list the thing as early as 1983, at least as found so far. They list it in service until 1988, and probably when the first mobile air unit was delivered that year. Here's a PDF document with unit (and company) histories, that tells more. Anyway, view the photos, which were taken by Robert L. Ott Sr. and presented courtesy of his son William E. Ott.

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