09/12/14 257 W, 4 I - + 3 - 2 Updated: Crawford Township Airport Crash Truck

September 12
Historian Pete Brock shares these photos and background on this truck, that original served the United States Coast Guard base in Elizabeth City:

A total of 719 Oshkosh P19s were built for the military. They had 1000 GPM pumps and carried1000 gallons of water, 130 gallons of foam, and 500 pounds of halon. The latter was replaced with 500 pounds of dry powder once the halon agents were determined to be ineffective for ARFF purposes and detrimental to the environment.

Oshkosh built 429 units for the Air Force, 62 for the Navy, 30 for the Army, 191 for the Marine Corps, one for the Coast Guard, one for the FAA center in Atlantic City, NJ, and five for special projects.  I do not know how many were built for civilian use.

The Coast Guard unit was built in 1985 as an add on to the Air Force contract and cost $161,249.

Three models of the P19 were produced:

P19 - no structural panel, remote roof turret
P19A - structural panel, manual roof turret (Navy and Marine Corps only)
P19B - structural panel and remote roof turret.

Click to enlarge:

Pete Brock photos

September 10
Found for sale on eBay, here's a photo of a 1986 Oshkosh P-19 former Air Force crash truck (1000/1000/130 foam/500 Halon) now serving as Crash 4 at Crawford Township Fire Department in Currituck County. Guessing it helps protect the Currituck County Regional Airport, but maybe readers know more. The truck's also pictured on the department's Facebook page. Photo credit unknown. Click to enlarge:

I live a few miles away. It’s crammed between two trucks/bays so it’s not used very much (obviously). While the department has two other stations, this one is very old and undersized (it’s a former gas station the department acquired in the early 70’s). A very rusted and out of service tanker sits outside the station. Their other station in Sligo burned down in the late 80s.
Jason - 09/11/14 - 19:18

It’s on http://ctvfdept.org/
Jason - 09/12/14 - 22:09

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