10/21/09 125 W, 1 I - + 17 - 7 Smithfield Emergency Services Open House, Saturday, October 24

Smithfield Emergency Services holds an open house this Saturday, October 24, from 10 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the fire station, 111 S. 4th Street. During the event, the department's 1927 Seagrave pumper "Big Bill" will be rededicated. Smithfield's first piece of motor apparatus was recently restored. It event responded to Raleigh back when, assisting at the Yarborough House fire in 1928! There'll be plenty of other fire and EMS vehicles for show, and displays from the Red Cross, Johnston County Sheriff’s Office, Johnston County Emergency Services, and the Johnston County 911 Center. Plus plenty of other things happeening. The event is open to the public. Big Bill will be rededicated at 10:30 a.m.

WTSB Radio photo

Early Seagraves are also rare in North Carolina. The dominant deliveries in the 1920s were American LaFrance triple combinations. Who else receive Seagraves back in the day?
Legeros - 10/21/09 - 20:36

Answering my own question, with an assist from http://www.legeros.com/history/then-now,, Asheville, Fayettville, and High Point had Seagrave combination chemical and hose wagons in the 1910s. So that’s a start. Also see some Reo rigs from that era, in Asheville, Marion, Old Fort, and Wilson.
Legeros - 10/21/09 - 20:45

RFD had a beauty!! ’86(?) I believe. I realize you want old, old rigs, but I enjoyed my time on it so I figured I’d throw it out there. I’d love to see them venture out and try one again at the RFD, but with pump and small tank of course. In your research Mikey, any reason why they just bought one Seagrave, and a ladder at that? I mean, it was pretty reliable when we had it, just a little dated.
Silver - 10/21/09 - 23:05

Yes, we had a 1986 Seagrave straight stick. How we did get our one and only Seagrave? As we blogged about before (http://www.legeros.com/ralwake/photos/weblog/pivot/entry.php?id=171), the city to receive both a Pirsch pumper and ladder in 1985 or 1986. The engine was delivered and placed in service as Engine 13. The ladder didn’t make. One or more of the bid competitors filed a complaint about the bid process. After the dust settled, Seagrave supplied the rig. The Pirsch ladder was sent to Chicago, and was photographed by myself a couple years ago: http://www.legeros.com/photos/midwest06/..
Legeros - 10/22/09 - 06:51

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