Oceanside (NY) FD, Tower Ladder 244 - 1981 Mack/Aerialscope 75’ Mid-Mount

This rig had a quite a long service life - originally serving the FDNY as Ladder 161 in Brooklyn, it was acquired by the Wyckoff (NJ) VFD in 1991, rehabbed and operated until 2005 when it was traded in to Seagrave upon delivery of their new tower ladder. It was then used by Seagrave as a loaner serving both the City of Bridgeton (NJ) FD and finally the Oceanside (Long Island, NY) FD until the fall of 2009 when it was replaced with a new 75’ tower ladder. Upon being returned to Seagrave, it was sold to a used apparatus dealer who sold it for parts. A firefighter in the Harrisburg (PA) area purchased the bucket and has since converted it into a bar in his home.

East Quogue (Long Island, NY) FD, Ladder 7-6-11 - 1978 Mack/Baker 75’ Aerialscope

This well known rig began its’ career serving as FDNY Ladder 17 until being acquired by the Kentland (MD) VFD in 1987 where it earned the nickname “Sally”. Rehabbed in 1994 with a new FWD crew cab, it served until 2011 when it was purchased by the East Quogue (Long Island, NY) FD where it was rehabbed locally with a new paint scheme, minor bodywork and an upgrade to LED warning lights. Staying true to its’ roots, the rig retains the Mack Bulldog mounted to the grill along with Mack mirrors as well as the original Powercall siren and FDNY “10-75 button” (a throwback to the past, it is a flashing light in the rear cab activated by the officer to let the crew know they are “going to work”).

Satellite 3, Long Hill FD - Trumbull (CT) - 1982 American LaFrance/Saulsbury

Originally serving as Satellite 3 in Brooklyn as part of the Maxi-Water System, this rig replaced the original 1965 Mack C satellite wagon that had a ComCoach cab mounted in 1978. It now serves the Long Hill Fire District of Trumbull, Connecticut. It is equipped with a 10kw gas generator, a 2,500 gpm fixed monitor, 1,250 gpm portable monitor and 180 gallons of foam concentrate. Outfitted with Storz intakes, it responds with two engines to provide the needed water flow capacity.

1980 American LaFrance Century 1000 gpm/500 gal.

Assigned FDNY shop number AP8080, this rig was one of eighty total carried as a 1980 model that were delivered in 1981 and was the only one painted Lime/Yellow. Following the trend in the 1970’s towards Lime/Yellow apparatus for better visibility, the FDNY placed a total of 12 engines in service painted Lime/Yellow (including eleven 1981 Mack CF engines). The sole 1980 American LaFrance Century Series painted Lime/Yellow was assigned to Engine 65 (Manhattan) on July 21st, 1981 replacing a 1971 Mack CF 1000 gpm pumper (FDNY shop# MP7108) where it remained in service until June 25th, 1984. It was then replaced with a 1983 Mack CF 1000 gpm high pressure (FDNY shop# MP8306), painted red and was assigned to the Fire Academy where it was used for chauffeur training and evolutions during probie school. Due to the color scheme, it was never assigned to the spare or reserve apparatus pool. It was subsequently acquired by the Jacobus (PA) FC in 1991 where it was refurbished by JC Moore with a new body, warning lights and an extended bumper complete with a Federal “Q” mechanical siren. Serving from 1991 through 2006 (alongside another 1980 American LaFrance that served FDNY Engine 222 and remains in service today), this rig is now privately owned. An interesting note about the FDNY’s pilot program utilizing Lime/Yellow apparatus found that more accidents occurred using this color as citizens did not recognize it as a fire engine!!

Liberty FC# 4, Schuylkill Haven (PA) - Wagon 736 - 1980 Mack 1000 gpm/500 gal.

Originally assigned to Engine 50 in ‘Da Bronx, this rig retains the Conestoga wagon cover that was a trademark of the FDNY pumper fleet for many years. It has been upgraded with LED warning lights, a light tower and sliding tray in the rear hose bed to hold drafting equipment.

FDNY Workhorses....Still Workin’

Apparatus operated by the Fire Department of New York (FDNY) have always been regarded as workhorses due to the tremendous run activity (and extreme road conditions) they endure. Classic brands of fire apparatus like Mack, American LaFrance and the famed Aerialscope have gained notoriety as being tough enough to survive the mean streets of New York City particularly during “the war years” of the 1960’s & 1970’s when fire activity was at record breaking levels. These workhorses continue to prove their worth while serving their second, third and even fourth careers with both volunteer and career departments throughout the US and beyond.

Special thanks are extended to FDNY Honorary Deputy Chief Jack Lerch (a foremost authority on FDNY operations & apparatus) as well as Yoe (PA) Fire Co. EMS Chief Ted Hake for their assistance in providing the history of FDNY Engine 65 shown above.