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1860 Hand Pumper
1888 Silsby
1899 American Steam
1900s A.L.F. Ladder Wagon
1903 American Steam
1905 Nott Steam
1907 A.L.F. Steam
1915 Chief's Car
1915 Ford A.L.F.
1916 A.L.F. "Disneyland"
1923 A.L.F. Ford TT
1924 A.L.F.
1924 A.L.F. Home Gardens
1925 Stutz
1925 Ford Model T
1927 Chevy Phaeton
1928 Seagrave
1930 Moreland
1947 Ford Wagon
1954 Mack B-85
1955 Crown Triple
1970 Chevrolet Ambulance
1965 Crown
1972 Dodge D300
1973 Ward LaFrance
1981 A.L.F.

 


1915 American LeFrance
Ford Model T Chemical Hose Car

 

Small Communities ยท No Pump

1915 Ford Model T

This chemical/hose car is typical of vehicles that were purchased by small communities to replace horse-drawn and1915 Ford Model T hand-drawn apparatus early in the 20th Century. These light-weight rigs usually had no pump.

The large metal tank behind the driver's seat contained approximately forty gallons of water mixed with soda. An open-top glass vial inside the tank at its top contained sulphuric acid. To extinguish a fire, the tank would be rotated in its cradle till the acid spilled into the soda-water solution. The resulting chemical reaction would pressurize the tank to more than 200 pounds per square inch. A pre-connected hose line with a small smooth-bore tip would then be used to apply the soda-acid-water solution to the fire.

In addition, this vehicle carried a quantity of hose that could be used to provide a supply line between a hydrant and a fire pumper. Thus, this type of apparatus was known as a chemical/hose car.

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1954 Mack 1954 Mack

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