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Historical Fire Apparatus Account
Mack sitting adjacent to the CFM garage
1927 Mack AP and 1936 Mack Type 55 Pumper
Broad Brook, Connecticut Memorial Day parade - 2008
In the CT. Trolley Museum yard - about 2005
Mack builders photograph
In 1927 Mack introduced their new B model truck. At this time Mack was one of the major fire apparatus manufacturers (Ahrens Fox, American LaFrance and Seagrave were the others) in the US. Ten types were available with engines from 80 to 225 hp and pumps from 500 to 1000 gpm. B models built as fire apparatus were assigned Type numbers from 19 to 95 depending on engine size and pump capacity.
The B model was introduced in 1928 and produced until 1937 when the new "E" replaced them.
Built for West Springfield, MA on a BM chassis using a Mack 100hp engine and a 600 gpm Hale centrifugal pump. the Truck served West Springfield until the early 1960's, its final assignment was the fire station on the Eastern States Exposition grounds. This station was only manned during the 10 day fair season in September. It was then sold to the North Thompsonville Fire District for use as a parade truck.
In the 1970's the truck was sold to a collector in Enfield, CT who later donated the truck to the Connecticut Fire Museum.
Story and photos courtesy of Bert Johanson
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