10/24/06 70 W, 1 I - + 15 - 12 Hose 3

Recently found at the State Archives is this picture of Hose Company 3 in front of old Station 3 on East Hargett Street. The truck, a 1912 American LaFrance Type 5 combination chemical and hose car, was one of two delivered to the newly fully-paid RFD. They were the first motorized apparatus. Hose 3 received the unit in 1914, from Hose 2. Click the picture to see a super-sized version.

Too bad someone did not have the foresight in those years to mothball retired apparatus for display today.
Jon Olson - 11/01/06 - 00:31

RFD retained one of its two 1926 LaFrances, thanks goodness. It was restored in the late 1980s by a private citizen with a long affiliation with RFD. The other RFD antiques are a 1906 ALF steamer and a 1950 Mack pumper. One of the remaining retired Mack pumpers will be retained as an antique as well, I’ve heard.
Legeros - 11/01/06 - 07:40

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