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Guardians of the Ribbon, Slatebelt Chapter (PA) - 1977 American LaFrance

Named “Margaret” in memory of a woman who lost her battle with cancer in October 2010, this rig originally served the Portland (PA) H&L Co. and then East Bangor (PA). Retired in 2012, it was acquired by Pennsylvania’s first chapter of the national Guardians of the Ribbons and was refurbished (including its’ new Pink color scheme) by KME Fire Apparatus. Like other GOTR chapter rigs, it is adorned with signatures in support of those battling cancer and in memory of those lost.

“This ‘N That”

Volume I, Edition 10-2

Random rigs I have photographed during my travels across the Northeast!!

North Wildwood (NJ) VFC# 1, Engine 234

1998 American LaFrance/General Safety Equipment 2000 gpm/1000gal.

Featuring a Taupe-over-Red paint scheme, this color was also utilized on two pumpers supplied to departments on Long Island, New York. It was used by American LaFrance to “signal their return” to the Long Island region (a loyal ALF customer base from the 1950’s-1980’s) during one of their many reincarnations before their final demise in 2014.

Nesquehoning (PA) Hose Co# 1 Fleet 

The hometown of KME Fire Apparatus, Nesquehoning operates a virtually exclusive KME fleet:

Engine 1310 - 2015 Freightliner M2/KME Ridgerunner with 500 gpm interface pumping system

Engine 1311 - 2002 KME Excel 1500/750/20 foam, equipped with 8kw generator & Hurst® combi-tool

Ladder 1321 - 2013 KME AerialCat 103’/2000/300 equipped with 10kw generator & 600’ 5” LDH

Good Will Hose Co., Cresonna (PA) - Engine 41-10 - 1991 Pierce Lance 1500/1000

Originally serving the Middle Island (Long Island, NY) FD painted White over Lime/Yellow, this rig was refurbished with a new paint scheme, all new diamond plate and a larger generator. A four bottle air cascade system was mounted in the hosebed with a Sierra® booster pump installed in the crew cab.

Monmouth Junction (NJ) VFD, Engine 203 (Retired) 

1956 Ford F-800 “Big Job”/TASC 750 gpm/500gal.

Monmouth Junction was a loyal customer to TASC Fire Apparatus, a regional builder based in New Jersey. While built strictly on commercial chassis, TASC rigs are easily distinguished by their signature streamlined sheetmetal flowing seamlessly from the cab into the body.