02/08/09 176 W, 2 I - + 19 - 15 Rocky Mount's Classic Mack

As photographed by Lee Wilson, below is Rocky Mount's restored 1970 Mack. It served as a caisson at Jim Long's memorial service on Thursday. The Mack CF pumper was purchased on February 5, 1970. It replaced Engine 4, an open-cab American LaFrance delivered in 1959. Engine 4 was totaled on January 6, 1970, while responding to a stove fire. The engine collided with a truck at the intersection of Cokey Road and Marigold Street. Driver Spencer Vann Griffin was killed. He was the third Rocky Mount firefighter to die in the line of duty. Other members of Engine 4 received minor injuries. The 1970 Mack was dedicated in honor of Griffin. The classic rig was replaced in 1993 with a 1992 Emergency One pumper. Moved to reserve service, it was subsequently restored. Source: RMFD yearbook. See more photos from Lee. Or read about other RMFD history. What other Mack CF pumpers have served around the state? Raleigh (x15), Six Forks, New Hope, Chapel Hill, Charlotte E17 (with telesquirt), Fayetteville E1, E7, Lexington, Dunn, Bailey (ex-NHFD), Four Oaks (ex-RFD), Knightdale (ex-RFD)...

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What a beautiful truck! We used to have a 1982 CF Mack just like that at Six Forks FD. 5 speed, 4 wheel disc brakes, 58 mph top speed…drove like a race car (at least in firetruck standards) Ours even had the bubble light on top (which we later replaced with a bar light). Really miss that truck.
AB - 02/08/09 - 10:43

We still have our Mack at NH (E1) but it will be put up for sale in about 2 months. Best pumping truck we have.
AB - 02/08/09 - 10:45

Greenville Fire/Rescue had a circa 1968/1970 Mack CF. Unit served at just about every station during it’s service. Last used as a training engine, might still exist behind station 6, I don’t know. GFR also used to have a Ward LaFrance Engine just like “Emergency” Engine 51 (the second one).
Steven (Email) - 02/08/09 - 10:54

From the CFP mailing list comes an answer from a Parkwood FF, departments that had or have had Mack CF pumpers:

Albemarle (x3, Stanley Co.)
Bethany (Stanley Co., converted into 3000 gallon tanker)
Burlington (x5, one still reserve?)
Haw River (Alamance Co., still in service)
Lake Tillery (Montgomery Co., still in service, ex-TFD)
Troy (still in service)
Legeros - 02/08/09 - 14:15

I have seen a ton of these engines over the years. And all but a very few were the ‘right-out-of-the-box’ variety pictured. 1000 or 1250 gpm. 500 or 750 gal tank. Two crosslays or none. One booster or one. Deck gun on the cab roof. Federal #184 beacon on the roof. Usually at Q2B in the front. It was a heeluva design that worked well for large or small departments.

I have seen less than a dozen ‘special builds’, that included a few with 1000 gal. tanks, one foam unit with a turret on the roof, one old-style ‘quad’, and a few others. Plus the FDNY units with enclosed cabs.

Just as much a classic as some of the older ALFs, 70th anniversary Seagrave, etc.
DJ - 02/09/09 - 11:20

More from the CFP mailing list:

Albemarle (more than one?)
Conover (donated to Hankins-Northforlk, McDowell Co.)
Enola (Burke Co., ex-Danbury, CT)
Gastonia (two, one roadside relic, other being converted to caisson)
High Schools (had two, sold one)
Valdese (now collector owned)
Legeros - 02/09/09 - 20:07

Vintage postcard of Rocky Mount’s Mack on eBay, http://cgi.ebay.com/ROCKY-MOUNT-NC-1970-..
Legeros - 02/15/09 - 13:03

Few more from the CFP mailing list:

Albemarle had two Mack CF pumpers, bought new in the late 1970s, and sold at auction several years ago. One is sitting on I-95 near Lake Marion, SC.
Spencer still runs a 1978 Mack CF as Engine 753
Cleveland in Rowan County has a 1982 Mack CF that formerly served Welcome, NC
Asheboro ran a Mack CF as Engine 12
Legeros - 02/19/09 - 08:22

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