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VIDEO: Antique Fire Apparatus Muster in New Jersey
Sit back and watch the parade from an antique fire apparatus muster at Horseshoe Lake Park in New Jersey last weekend. Make sure you turn up your speakers! If the video above doesn’t play, you can watch it on YouTube from e-dub productions. See more photos on the NJ Fire Museum Facebook page.
Rare fire truck heads to New Zealand fire museum
A New Zealand museum is about to get one of the only two 1977 Dodge fire trucks built. The rig has spent time with the New Zealand Fire Service and most recently with the Fonterra Te Rapa Emergency Response Team, SunLive.co.nz reported. After 23 years with the response team, Fonterra is donating the truck to ...
Washington fire truck becomes Colorado food truck
A Washington state fire truck has a new home and new career – serving food in Colorado. A former Colorado firefighter has spent a year transforming the rig, TheDenverChannel.com reported. “Not only is it a kitchen inside of a fire truck,” Quintin Galt explained to TheDenverChannel.com. “It’s also a restaurant in the back.” Galt and another ...
Michigan department welcomes new Spartan
A Michigan department welcomed a new Spartan. Haring Township Fire Department’s new pumper cost $420,749, according to CadillacNews.com. From CadillacNews.com: The truck features battery-operated Jaws of Life, reflective striping for safety, a 200-foot one-inch Quick-Attack hose for vehicle accidents, heated glass and a rearview camera system. The vehicle can seat up to four firefighters during ...
Power lines fall on Oklahoma fire truck, trapping firefighters
Four Oklahoma firefighters were trapped inside their fire truck Friday after power lines fell during a storm. Strong winds knocked down the power pole while the firefighters were headed to a call, according to NormanTranscript.com. Firefighter Brent Hopkins, who was driving Engine 4, described what happened after they made a turn onto a new street. ...
VIDEO: 1936 Buffalo Fire Appliance Corp. fire truck saved from scrap heap
A Buffalo Fire Appliance Corp. fire truck was saved from the scrap heap thanks to a Massachusetts firefighter and police officer. The truck has been in Massachusetts since it went into service over 80 years ago, according to Plympton.wickedlocal.com. From Plympton.wickedlocal.com: The truck was originally purchased new by the Lynn Fire Department, which kept it ...
Indiana fire truck overturns
An Indiana fire truck overturned in a driveway Thursday. The rig was responding to an emergency in Montgomery County at the time, according to WLFI.com. The pavement gave way under the fully loaded tanker, causing the truck to roll over. A firefighter had a minor injury, WLFI.com reported. Read the full story and watch video ...
New Sutphen fire truck welcomed in Florida
A new Sutphen fire truck was welcomed to a Florida fire department. The new Cocoa Fire Department rig, with a 100-foot ladder, is replacing a 1995 rig, FloridaToday.com reported. What does the new rig bring? “Definitely much more safety, you know, just the bucket when we were on the roof working, just that safety that we ...
Airmen maintain MacDill Air Force Base fire trucks
Four airmen are in charge of keeping the 10 fire vehicles in service at MacDill Air Force Base in Florida. Base firefighting operations can include structure fires as well as aircraft emergencies so the department has both kinds of fire vehicles, according to MacDill.AF.mil. From MacDill.AF.mil: “When one of our vehicles is not in service, ...
Another FDNY Fire Truck falls into sinkhole
For the second time in less than a month, New York firefighters found their fire truck in a sinkhole. On Monday, the rig was parked in the Bronx while firefighters responded to an emergency inside, Gothamist.com reported. When they returned, the front tire was lodged in a three-foot deep hole, according to Gothamist.com. A tow ...
Officials hope old Michigan fire truck can be used in Memorial Day parade
Officials in one Michigan town ar hoping to have their nearly-restored 1945 fire truck insured in time for the Memorial Day parade. The rig first served the Memphis Fire Department before it was sold in an auction in 1972, VoiceNews.com reported. The woman who won the old fire truck, for $501, gave it as a ...
VIDEO: Texas fire truck window damaged after shooting
A Texas fire truck was shot at as it was going down a street. The back window on the driver’s side of the Paris rig had damage from the Tuesday incident, KXII.com reported. Officials say there have been other BB or pellet gun shootings around Paris and this may be connected. No firefighters were injured. ...
Indiana department welcomes two E-One fire trucks in the past few weeks
Indiana residents welcomed a new E-One fire truck Saturday. The Columbus Fire Department’s 2015 quint cost $750,000, according to TheRepublic.com. Local kids had the chance to wet down the Engine 3 at Fire Station 2. Just a few weeks ago, the department had another ceremony to welcome Engine 2. Engine 2 replaces a 2002 American LaFrance, ...
VIDEO: Massachusetts man rebuilds 1930 fire truck
A Massachusetts man is rebuilding a 1930 Ford Model A fire truck and it could be called a labor of love. The 76-year-old retired air plane mechanic first started the project at the request of his young grandson, NorthAttleborough.WickedLocal.com reported. The child worked with Don Vallee on the rig, until he died when he was ...
Hollywood, Florida welcomes new fire truck
There’s a new Pierce on the streets of one Florida neighborhood. The 2015 rig is replacing a 2001 Pierce, HollywoodGazette.com reported. “This is a brand new truck, runs smoother, and is loaded with newer equipment and technology that wasn’t available in the fifteen year old model it replaced,” said Anthony Vera, with the Hollywood Professional ...
VIDEO: Virginia department welcomes home 1947 fire truck
A Virginia department has welcomed home a 1947 fire truck that had been sold, traded and abandoned. The Winchester Fire and Rescue Department sold the 1947 Buffalo Pathfinder Pumper in 1967, Your4State.com reported. After the “old girl” was traded and eventually abandoned in the 1980s. From Your4State.com: “We found out about her through a friend ...
VIDEO: New Pierce fire truck in Massachusetts named “Red Rebel”
A new Pierce fire truck is serving in Springfield, Massachusetts. The 2014 quint got its name, “Red Rebel,” after a contest at a nearby school, MassLive.com reported. The rig has a 75-foot ladder and cost $860,965, according to MassLive.com. The 10-year-old who won the naming contest even got to ride by her school in the ...
VIDEO: Tennessee firefighters work to restore 1916 American LaFrance fire truck
One Tennessee department is working to restore one of its first fire trucks, a 1916 American LaFrance. Those doing the restoration on the Morristown Fire Department’s old rig have searched near and far for parts, as far as California, according to Local8Now.com. The American LaFrance was the first fire truck in East Tennessee. “Everybody else ...
VIDEO: California man dies after collision with fire truck
One man died in California after an SUV and fire truck collided Tuesday. Officials told News10.net the Stockton Fire Department rig was headed to a call for an allergic reaction at a school at the time. Pictures show the fire truck overturned on the street. From Sacramento.CBSlocal.com: Five firefighters were on the truck at the ...
Missouri department welcomes new Ferrara fire truck
There’s a new Ferrara serving one Missouri community. The rig has more storage than one of the Bolivar City Fire Department’s 1999 models, Chief James Ludden told KY3.com. From KY3.com: “We have several different slide out trays. These trays are compartmentalized with groups of appliances and tools. Here we have different nozzles and forcible entry ...
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The Cradle of Liberty Antique Fire Apparatus Association would like to say THANK YOU to all of our participants, spectators and members for making the 2014 Delaware Valley Fire Show & Muster a success!!!

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