500 GPM pumper and hose car






American LaFrance delivered this pumper mounted on a Ford chassis to the New Hartford, CT fire department in 1941. A large number of Ford truck chassis were utilized by numerous fire apparatus manufacturers for volunteer departments because of their reputation for dependability and low cost as compared to a custom built piece of fire apparatus. This apparatus cost $4100 when delivered, and a big benefit was that the Ford chassis could be serviced locally and parts were readily available.

Powered with the famous Ford 95HP V-8 engine driving a 500 GPM Hale pump (American LaFrance had discontinued building 500 GPM pumps and used Hale as a supplier).  The truck served New Hartford until it was retired in 1971. Not wanting to see the truck scrapped or end up in a field somewhere it was donated to the Connecticut Fire Museum in 1978.

This apparatus carries a 35 ft. extension ladder along with 1200 ft. of 2 1/2"  hose and a 200 gallon booster tank.



Story and photos courtesy of Bert Johanson   



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