Those who know me understand that I love Fire Service History. I have done extensive research on the history of my department and even authored “Firefighting in Roanoke“.
I was able to find old worn out apparatus from my department. Unfortunately, I was not able to find any of our early apparatus.
Charlotte Fire Department recently had a demonstration which included a , a rare 1902 American Fire Engine Company, Metropolitan Model Horse Drawn Steamer pump.
Included is some history and stories by some of their older veteran members. I especially love this because we have done similar in my department. We have recorded some great history by some of our retirees. We had a retirees breakfast recently and were able to capture some history on video and audio.
Check out what Charlotte FD was able to capture at this demonstration.
The Charlotte Fire Department (Charlotte, NC) presents a live demonstration and display of its fire engine history spanning over 80 years of service. Fire Chief Jon B. Hannan, Command Staff, firefighters, family members, and friends gathered to watch ‘Old Sue’ Engine 3, a rare 1902 American Fire Engine Company, Metropolitan Model Horse Drawn Steamer pump and observe other antique fire engines. In addition to ‘Old Sue’ were a 1928 American LaFrance pumper, a 1948 Mack pumper, a 1958 Seagrave pumper, and a 1971 Seagrave pumper. All of these apparatus were purchased new and served on the front lines for the City of Charlotte. Retirees Oscar White and Artie Baker share their experiences riding on some these rare fire apparatus antiques.