ALF Fire Apparatus

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ALF Trucks Good/Bad?

Started by Matt Barker. Last reply by David Earl Gregory Mar 6, 2011. 8 Replies


Started by Tony Leonard,Jr.. Last reply by David Earl Gregory Mar 6, 2011. 3 Replies

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Comment by Tony Leonard,Jr. on August 19, 2011 at 9:20am Link to photo pages of ALF Pioneer I,II & III's P.S.The Yellow Pioneer III Heavy Rescue is A Dream Come True.
Comment by Bob Callahan on April 7, 2011 at 4:02pm
Grew up watching ALF apparatus run up and down the streets of Albany, NY, and then ended up joing a VFD for a couple of years that ran an all-ALF fleet.

Unfortunatly spent most of my time in VT, which was a heavily Maxim and Middlesex affair with very few ALFs.
Comment by David Earl Gregory on March 6, 2011 at 5:56pm
Yeah Tony, I'd like to have seen that. First ALF I ever drove was a Pioneer with Detriot diesel and manual shift. Had to almost stop at the bottom of the hill going up to our station 2 to get low gear. You try shifting on that hill and you got 1500 ft. of hose on the ground. I'll always be a fan of the ALF custom can designs. These newer rigs just don't have that "look" the older ones do.
Comment by Tony Leonard,Jr. on March 2, 2011 at 11:28am
David,I once had the opportunity to see some conceptual art for new cab/chassis designs,& One of them was A Modern PIONEER Cab,with the tipped out front window.It was pretty sweet looking,it's to bad it never made it past that point.It would have been pretty cool to see them on the road once again.
Comment by David Earl Gregory on December 26, 2010 at 1:33pm
:-) Real fire trucks have ALF written on them. Drove my share of them when I was in. Two Pioneers and a Century at one dept. and one Pioneer at the other. Nothing like it anywhere. Not a big fan of the new stuff by ALF though. Something about it just ain't the same.
Comment by John Lord on October 17, 2010 at 9:29pm
We have a 02 lafrance and it is our main fire fighting engine. It is a great truck the only thing i dont like about it is the air ride cab. I am just starting to drive and its differnt driving a truck with air ride compared to the ones that dont. Ours is an 8 man cab and there is a ton of room in the back to get ready.
Comment by Mike Harris on February 7, 2010 at 3:35pm
Hay ALF'ers. We have four 2007 American Eagle Pumper in service. They are nice driving Engines put we had one of the compartment doors fall off and another was loose on a different Engine. They were both fixed under warranty. Apparently they use an epoxy to sandwich the outer skin and inner compartment door together with the hinge in between. The epoxy loosened up and broke free. One of my Firefighters opened the compartment on a working fire and it bounced off his helmet; the importance of wearing all your PPE on the fire scene! He's OK but it placed the Engine out of service for about 7 days. Anybody else out there experienced this?
Comment by Dj Stone on March 1, 2009 at 10:14pm
My dept has a 1998 Engine and a 1971 mid mount ladder
We also have a 1951 tiller driven ladder
Comment by jeffrey hedrick on May 17, 2008 at 6:12pm
our dept still uses a 1982 American LaFrance and we just recently sold a 1957 LaFrance
Comment by Keith Bradt SR on March 29, 2008 at 5:01pm
all rensselaer had was american lafrance
my old truck was a 1974 slim green
8 gater.

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