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Friday, April 13, 2007

CLASSIC FLEET

UPDATED OCTOBER 2011


Panorama of early motorized equipment. Fire Division fleet and personnel on display at Springfield South High School in 1917. (Click on photo for larger image)

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In 1937, the Springfield Fire Division took delivery of a closed-bed American LaFrance sedan pumper - similar to the vehicles pictured here. The unique rig - a precursor to today's fire apparatus - was assigned to the Central Engine House as Engine 1 and earned the nickname "Covered Wagon." All the firefighters traveled inside. There wasn't a rear running board like most engines of the era. It remained a front-line pumper until 1959.

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The city's first motorized fire engine was nicknamed the "Buzz Wagon." Springfield received its first motorized fire engine in 1909. The Webb engine was the second of its type in the United States and it replaced a steam fire engine, a hose wagon, and five horses.' This picture was taken in 1911 after the engine was fitted with a Welton fender. The gentleman in the straw hat standing to the right was named "Yo Ho," a Welton salesman, according to Cal Roberds' history book, "From Buckets to Diesels."