06/13/13 127 W, 1 I - + 2 - 2 Zebulon Rural Fire Department Tanker

Our friends at the Zebulon Fire Department share this new old photo, showing the first (?) tanker of the Zebulon Rural Fire Department, a 1964 Chevy (?) that carried 1,500 gallons of water. The truck formerly served the Department of Transportation as a fuel truck. It's shown after it's delivery from a paint and lettering job. Date not known, nor source. Looks like a newspaper photo, perhaps News & Observer or maybe Zebulon Record.

So who had the very first tanker in Wake County, you ask? Believe it's the Cary Fire Department and their tractor-drawn tanker built in 1954, using an ex-military tractor and a former fuel truck trailer. Readers can consult my master list (PDF and last updated in 2004!) and discuss/debate. Click to enlarge:

Late 50s early 60s Ford
DJ - 06/13/13 - 09:56

From the Legeros history page….1970’s, Rural department apparatus purchase: 1960 Ford tanker, converted from DOT truck, 500 GPM, 1200 gallons.
Chris - 06/13/13 - 10:10

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