12/20/09 61 W, 1 I - + 11 - 9 Apparatus Deliveries, 1971

Here's another historical treat, from the November-December 1971 issue of Hose & Nozzle magazine. Darley and Bean apparatus deliveries from around North Carolina. Wonder who the dealer was? Our own Wake-New Hope FD is pictured. And two of the departments are since defunct: Western Carolina University and Yadkin Road. Click once or twice to enlarge:

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Don’t know about the Bean or Darley but I know my volunteer department had a Howe which I see like the one above and it was sold by then Lee Fire Equipment out of Kinston, NC.
car3550 - 12/20/09 - 21:40

Lee Fire Equipment sold Howe for years, then Pierce. Their main sales guy was Pete Dixon. Slagle sold John Bean, later FMC, and their main sale guy was AC Hall. CW Williams sold Darleys, I think, and later Zimmerman-Evans.
DJ (Email) (Web Site) - 12/20/09 - 21:57

The Reems Creek truck is still in-service, although more or less as a parade piece now. The yellow WCU Ford/Darley is also still around, owned by Cullowee VFD.
BFD1151 - 12/21/09 - 23:19

Hmmmmmm. Wonder if Cullowee FD is descended from WCU FD?
Legeros - 12/21/09 - 23:28

That is entirely possible Mike, I really do not know much about that area.
BFD1151 - 12/21/09 - 23:43

Holly Springs’ 1st brand new pumper was a John Bean just like the ones shown above. It was a 1972 model that was still in service in 1995 when I moved to Apex. It had two pumps on it, a 750 GPM two stage pump and a high pressure piston pump. I learned to drive fire apparatus on that truck and pumped many a brush fire on that thing. It was a blast to drive once you learned how to go through the gears!
Donaldson - 12/22/09 - 00:30

I think the HS pumper is no more. Seems like they converted it to a rescue truck of sorts. I think it has gone to the happy firehouse in the sky. There were a BUNCH of those John Beans around. F-V had two or three, NH had at least one, WF had some, BL had one, Yrac had one, Wendell had a couple, and DH had one. Bunch of Darleys, too, Morrisville (3), DH, Knightdale, and there may have been more.
DJ - 12/22/09 - 10:31

It is my understanding that Darley dealt directly with a potential buyer – no outside sales personnel involved. Would like confirmation.
Jack Ramsey (Email) - 09/24/20 - 12:47

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