08/20/13 109 W, 3 I - + 3 - 1 Vintage Jacksonville, New Bern, Wrightsville Beach Engines

Found for sale on eBay are these nice color slides of Jacksonville Engine 1 (1975 American LaFrance), New Bern Engine 10 (1968 Ford/Ward LaFrance), and Wrightsville Beach Engine 1 (1974 Ford/Howe). Wonder if WBFD rig was delivered without roof beacon? Perhaps for low-clearance fire station, back in the day? We also see that Jacksonville was another North Carolina city that operated yellow (or yellow-ish) fire apparatus. Have we ever compiled a list of those? Don't readily see one, when searching the blog. Here are pics that Lee Wilson has shot and posted, however, in a Flickr gallery titled Not Red Fire Apparatus. Click to enlarge:

If memory serves, Wrightsville Beach had a fire station over on the beach strip, and the Ford was in that station. There was no rooftop light on it, hence the twin Federal lights on the front. Cannot remember if they were Solar Rays (moved up and down) or Propello Rays (spinning reflector like Stony Hill’s Mack).
DJ - 08/20/13 - 09:56

Mike- that is not the station I remember. Admittedly, my memory was chemically clouded the evening I saw it, but the station I saw the Howe in looked to be a bit taller than that, almost as if it was two story. The back of the station would have faced the ocean, and it fronted directly out onto Waynick Blvd.
DJ - 08/21/13 - 09:16

Sorry for the late reply, but station clearance was the reason there was not a light or air horns on top of that truck. And yes, the two lights were Solar Rays. We put a revolving light & air horns on her when we moved out of the old town hall station & to the new (now former) station on Harbor Island. I’ll dig up a picture of the truck and send it to you.In the above photo the truck is parked on the north side of the station.
Chris Nelson (Email) - 07/28/14 - 17:48

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