06/16/10 86 W, 1 I - + 13 - 9 Zebulon Fire Station, 1974

And our friends at the Zebulon Fire Department pass along this nifty newspaper clipping from 1974, or abouts. Shows the town's new fire station at 113 E. Vance Street. Same was utilized by both the municipal and rural fire departments, as well as a bay for Zebulon Rescue Squad. Any guesses on makes and models of the trucks? 1972 Ford/Howe and 1972 Chevy/Bean, perhaps? We'll see if we can get a larger version of the picture. Good stuff.

Can’t really see the Ford C. The Ford F is definitely a John Bean (as is obvious by the trademark booster reel cover). The ambulance is a 1973-4 Chevy C30 with a Murphy box. Murphy built their boxes in Wilson and had specialized in refrigerated truck bodies. Raleigh Fire had two of them, Cary had one, and Garner had one. A common feature to all I have seen (Wake County and beyond) was the two side-of-the-box red flashers mounted lower rather than higher.
DJ - 06/17/10 - 10:57

The Ford C looks very similar to the 74 Howe my department ran until last year, we also had a 66 similar to both. I still see a few of the old Howes being used, most are out of service but in their hay day I believe Howe and Bean were popular trucks. I have seen a plenty in eastern NC.
car3550 - 06/17/10 - 12:25

Last we heard, the cab-over is still in service in another part of the state. We’ll see if we can it track down. The other Ford is now a dump truck (owned by one of our Lt’s.).
Chris - 06/17/10 - 22:05

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