Toyne—Mellenville (NY) Fire District tanker. Kenworth T800 2-door 6×4 cab and chassis; Cummins X12 450-hp engine; Hale Qmax XS 1,500-gpm pump; UPF Poly 3,000-gallon water tank; stainless steel body; Zico hydraulic portable tank rack. Dealer: Dick Shakerly, Shakerly Fire Truck Sales, Round Lake, NY. << SEPTEMBER 5, 2019, PHOTO OF THE DAY    SEPTEMBER 3,...

Exeter (RI) Volunteer Fire Department #1, pumper-tanker. Freightliner M2 cab and chassis; Detroit DD13 505-hp engine; Waterous CS 1,250-gpm pump; UPF Poly 3,000-gallon water tank.

Firematic trade shows are great places for Raisin Squad members from different locales to compare notes, lie to each other, and pass judgement on the things we’ve seen, read or heard. And if challenged on accuracy or truthfulness, we can blame age, failing eyesight or defective hearing aid batteries.
Midwest Fire

Two items are worthy of discussion. The first is the continuing success of what I admiringly call a mom-and-pop fire truck manufacturer. The second is the concept of selling factory direct by choice. Atchison agreed to and gave several in-depth and candid interviews.