Fire Station #130, in Kennewick, Washington, is now home to a restored 1929 American LaFrance pumper.
The fire department came together to raise the funds from a combination of food sales at the local fair and from a sportsman’s banquet. When the sealed bids were opened—there were only two—the $7,500.00 offered by Wausaukee was the high bid.
Fire apparatus collectors and enthusiasts enjoy bringing their apparatus to parades, special occasion events, and musters. Some vintage rigs are maintained in the condition they were in at the time of purchase by a collector. Many rigs will undergo a complete refurbishment and come out like they just left the factory.
A horse-drawn 1904 Metropolitan Extra First Class Steam Fire Engine manufactured by the American Steam Fire Engine Company of Seneca Falls, New York, was an unexpected find during a stop at the downtown Eureka, California, fire station.
Check out Part 3 from Daive Traiforos's collection of photos from a Fire Muster in New Haven, Indiana.
This fire apparatus went into service in Wichita Falls (TX) as Engine 1 in 1954.