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Who rode the tailboard?

Started by Chris Weber. Last reply by SMOKEnPipesJim Jun 27, 2016. 28 Replies

Who all rode the tailboard?

Howe Fire Apparatus

Started by Chris Weber. Last reply by Rob Wesley Sep 12, 2014. 8 Replies

How many of us had/have Howe apparatus?We still have our first new truck,a 1964 IH Howe heavy 1 ton,that is currently our brush truck.

Navy nozzles

Started by Chris Weber. Last reply by SMOKEnPipesJim Mar 15, 2014. 12 Replies

Anybody else remember using navy nozzles w/applicator pipes?We still have one on our brush unit.

"Keeping Tradition Alive" Pride in ownership, and other fancy College terms

Started by SMOKEnPipesJim Jan 25, 2013. 0 Replies

The  Yellow Oak was  hose  bed  from  Engine 4 in the house   all the tools  Came  from  Truck  3  which was Closed in 1995 the Company  was…Continue

rules n regs circa 1907

Started by SMOKEnPipesJim. Last reply by SMOKEnPipesJim Jan 25, 2013. 10 Replies

Heres a couple of Pages from The Rules & Regulations as set forth BY The Board of Fire Commisioners City Of Bridgeport Connecticut

Jet Axe

Started by Russ. Last reply by Timothy John Dodson Jan 24, 2013. 1 Reply

Anybody rememeber the jet axe?...(and do you still have it?)...."and do the feds know-LOL"did you use it?i saw the episode of emergency when they used it on a ferry fire- cool to see it after all these yearsContinue

nice to see that somebody remembers the old days

Started by Russ. Last reply by larry cooke Jun 25, 2012. 3 Replies

I first got into the fire service on long island in 1979. i was hired as a full time dispatcher by my volunteer department-(good because i had a job-bad because i missed some calls). we had a trunking telephone system between our 5 firehouses and if…Continue

John Bean High pressure pumps

Started by Chris Weber. Last reply by Russ Jan 12, 2012. 4 Replies

Who had the John Bean high pressure units?We had an FMC Ford pumper but it wasn't a John Bean.Would like to hear any opinions.

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Comment by SMOKEnPipesJim on November 8, 2012 at 4:32pm

Bridgeport, Ct   Circa  1915  Engine 3's Nott  Pumper

Comment by Chris Weber on December 16, 2011 at 6:00pm

Awesome rig!I agree.It would probably keep right up with the new ones.

Comment by Bill Carlisle on December 2, 2011 at 8:38am

Jim, Very nice looking truck , great pic

Comment by Jim Vieira on December 2, 2011 at 8:12am

We havent pumped it in a very long time, not because we didnt want to, but because the guys that know how to pump it well enough are getting on in their years. Due to no fault of our own, we never tried to get them out ther to show us the ins and outs of pumping with this truck.

Comment by Bob Allard on December 1, 2011 at 5:08pm

That is cool, great pic, not many of them around and I will bet it still pumps and maybe even out pump some of the newer pumpers, yea/na

Comment by Jim Vieira on December 1, 2011 at 8:50am

This is our 1934 Ahrens Fox Pumper, she is a Model N-T-2, 1000gpm postive dispalacemt pump. If she was in her prime, Id put her up against any newer pumper today. Ive been meaning to get this picture up, but she was experiencing mechanical issues, this photo was taken Tuesday after we did a short ride through town to get her juices flowing again.

Comment by Jim Vieira on December 1, 2011 at 8:46am

Comment by Chris Weber on November 12, 2011 at 9:17am

We just put a new radio in our old brush truck.The old one we took out was a old Motorola low band ,Adam 12 radio.They thought I was nuts when I kept it.That baby is going back in when we retire that piece to our parade truck.

Comment by Chris Weber on September 30, 2011 at 7:08pm
Like it Bob.
Comment by Bob Allard on September 28, 2011 at 9:47pm

Steel Helmet, Rubber boots and you can see the handles and the reubber coat.


Sorry for the size of the pics and the coat being sideways.


Bob Allard


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