10/31/09 59 W, 1 I - + 18 - 14 American LaFrance Pumpers

Have seen a number of later-era American LaFrance pumpers still in service around these parts, seeming Series 900 or Series 1000 models. Such as Saluda (below), Rutherfordton, and Forest City. Who else still has them around western North Carolina, or at least the eastern side of western NC?

Wonder as well what other brands of custom apparatus were popular with small towns and departments in the 1970s and 1980s, when these ALFs likely appeared? Seems like LaFrance was pretty popular statewide, from that era and going back to the 1920s and 1910s.

Search Senor Wilson’s site on LaFrance for a TON of pictures of those 700/800/900/1000 series pumpers and ladders: http://www.flickr.com/photos/leewilson/
Legeros - 10/31/09 - 08:15

Sweet color scheme!!!
Silver - 10/31/09 - 13:17

Wilson Mills has an ALF 900 at station 2. It used to be a Smithfield Engine. It looks pretty good
Doc (Email) - 10/31/09 - 17:19

The WMFD engine is one of two ALF Century pumpers that Smithfield bought around 1977 or so. These can be recognized by the bluge in the cab just beind the front doors to provide more room for the firefighters in the jump seats to don SCBA. ALF 900s can be recognized byt the lack of diamondplate behind the front bumper.
DJ (Email) (Web Site) - 10/31/09 - 19:47

I seem to recall that the Town Of Blowing Rock had/has a nice Century Series truck with silver over red paint scheme…
MTH - 10/31/09 - 22:12

Blowing Rock does have a very nice ALF with silver top. I took some pic’s of it in Sept.

I recall someone w/ SFD telling me once that the Smithfield ALF’s were originally supposed to be for Raleigh. Can anyone advise on that?
lee - 11/01/09 - 00:02

At least one was a demo. One of their former chiefs told me that it was shown to SmFD and they said “Find us another one and we’ll take both”. ALF found another one and SmFD bought both. Both were bought around 1977 or so and they went through an on-house ‘refurb’ during the late 90s. That is when they got the white over red paint and strobe lights.
DJ (Email) (Web Site) - 11/01/09 - 15:11

Woodfin FD in Buncombe County still has a 1984 in service. Valley Hill in Henderson County has a couple.
Charlie - 11/01/09 - 21:33

There should be two sitting in Hope Mills either at The Station (HMFD#21) or in the Town Garage. One was Rescue Pumper and the other was a straight pumper to be used as a reserve. Both where purchased in 1999-2000 from some department in New York state.

Art Gordon (the old CFP#733)
Art Gordon (Email) - 11/03/09 - 07:16

Asheville had a few ALFs over the years, unfortunately they are all gone. Hendersonville still runs an open-cab 1000 series ALF as a reserve, Morganton and Spruce Pine still have 900s, Concord has a 1000 that is currently OOS, as well as Franklin’s 1000 series Aero Chief snorkel. Granite Falls, Shelby, Cullowhee, and Savannah (Jackson Co.)still run Century series engines. FYI, the Saluda engine is a Century and was bought from Blue Ridge in Henderson County.
BFD1151 - 11/03/09 - 15:31

Thought of a few more in WNC in case anyone cares: Mountain Home and Etowah in Henderson County both have ALF Century 75’ Water Chief quints. Sunny View VFD in Polk County has a Century pumper that came from Delmar,NY. Finally, Zionville in Watauga County still runs an ALF Century engine.
BFD1151 - 11/04/09 - 14:21

engine 23-5- 1500 gpm pump, 500 gallon tank, detroit powered, federal q siren, painted steel wheels, kickass lettering.
saluda fire 2366 (Email) - 07/15/10 - 04:47

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