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It was another home run for the Lancaster County (Pa.) Firemen’s Association with this year’s version of the largest fire truck show in the country. Centrally located in Harrisburg, Pa., the show is in easy driving distance for some 40 to 50 percent of the USA’s fire departments. More than 2,500 departments can be found in Pennsylvania alone.
If you like apparatus, especially parade winners, this is the place to come – and come they did, some 21,000 of them over the three days of the expo. The interesting thing that separates this show from all the others is that the attendees all pay a nominal $7 to get in so they can buy and take home everything from radios to light bars to nozzles to complete new apparatus.
Many of us veteran show attendees agree that there is more money spent at this show than any other in the world. Dealers love this venue to sell off inventory and always seem to have several demo units available for immediate sale. It is not uncommon to have a truck committee meeting in a vendor’s booth, a vote taken, a check written and the truck driven home by its new owners at the end of the show.
Of note was the KME booth, which literally had units from both ends of the state – Pittsburgh and Philadelphia – as well as the center – Reading.
There are always interesting trucks and options to see at the Lancaster show while carousing around the four large exhibit halls.
Editor’s Note: Bob Barraclough is a 40-year veteran of the fire service and fire manufacturing industry. He is chief columnist for Fire Apparatus & Emergency Equipment magazine and a 20-year member of the NFPA 1901 Fire Apparatus Standards Committee. A principal organizer of the annual FDSOA Apparatus Specification Symposium, he is also a past president of the Fire Apparatus Manufacturers’ Association. Barraclough serves as a consultant to Rosenbauer America and Akron Brass and is called upon as an expert witness in litigation involving fire industry products. His career includes executive positions at E-ONE, Hale Fire Pumps, National Foam, Span Instruments and Class 1.