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1860 Hand Pumper
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ENGINE 51 · 1973 Ward LaFrance
Engine 51

ENGINE 51· CROWN · WARD · WARD ENGINE 51 RESTORATION · ENGINE 51 DONOR BOARD

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Second Engine 51 - 1973 Ward LaFrance

Engine 51 - Ward LaFrance


Originally, the Ward LaFrance had been donated to Universal Studios by its manufacturer to serve as "Engine 51" on the "Emergency!" television series. When production of the series ended, Universal owned the fire engine until it sold the concession in Yosemitie National Park.
1937 Seagrave

Engine 51 then served in Yosemite National Park for 15 years. The story about how Engine 51 ended up in Yosemite is an interesting one. In the end, the Museum was the lucky one! We have two marvelous apparatus in our collection thanks to a very smart Fire Chief.

In 1987, now-retired L.A. County Fire Chief John England arranged for Engine 51, the Ward LaFrance pumper, to be turned over to the Yosemite fire department in exchange for a 1937 Seagrave. The Seagrave was then donated to the museum.

As written on our Website in 2002, "Though we’re proud to have the 1937 Seagrave as part of our collection, we’re saving a spot for "Engine 51" when she retires from service in Yosemite. Eventually, we hope we’ll be able to park her next to our most popular piece, Squad 51." Well, as many of you know, on August 8, 2008 we retrieved the Ward LaFrance Engine 51 from Yosemite National Park. They had used it since the trade and had taken great care of it. Now, she does sit right next to the Crown Engine and Squad 51. We have restored the Ward back to its 1970s appearance as when it starred as Engine 51.

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Video of taking a ride in Engine 51 coming soon.

Story: Bringing the Engine back to Los Angeles from Yosemite also coming soon.

Light RestoredEngine 51 Goal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Emergency! Fans...
We finally restored the light! The first step toward returning Engine 51 to its Emergency! glory days!

 

Broken Light
This broken light from Engine 51 was sold on Ebay!

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