As part of an ongoing project, we are featuring the motorized fire apparatus that have served the approximately 350 active and defunct fire departments and companies in the state.
The archive of fire apparatus is being compiled on a database program. Fire companies whose histories are complete or nearly complete have a PDF file, and these are organized by county and can be found on the Apparatus By County tab in the header. Individual departments have provided much of the information; other sources include department websites, photographers' contributions, town reports, anniversary books, newpaper articles, and fire-related publications.
Additions, corrections, and comments are encouraged and are essential to the growth and accuracy of this database. You will find that some information about vehicles is missing, or that photos are needed or could be improved upon. Contributions of photos or information are greatly appreciated. The PDF's will be revised and reposted as changes occur.
A comments and inquiries section will be up and running soon so that you can contact Rob Palmer, the administrator of this project.
Due to the scope of the project and the difficulty of obtaining information on many of the oldest rigs, the database is limited to pumpers of all sizes, forestry vehicles, aerials of all types, and rescues. Information presented about these vehicles is also limited by space.
In some cases, vehicles were modified during their existence. Due to space limitations, only one photo is displayed of each truck, but separate records are created for radical modifications, such as new cabs.
Many departments and photographers have provided images to this project. All photographs have been credited, and that credit is overlaid on the vehicle in an attempt to protect it from unsolicited copying. Please respect the images.