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1972 Crown/Ford 15mtr Telesqurt.
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No: 24152   Contributor: Pete Matten   Year: 1990   Manufacturers: Crown, Ford   Country: United States of America
1972 Crown/Ford 15mtr Telesqurt.

Photographed at Station*2,80 East J Street back in 1990 during my trip to California was this 1972 Crown/Ford(50ft)15mtr Telesqurt of the City of Chula Vista Fire Department.The City of Chula Vista being the neighbouring city to San Diego in Southern California.
The appliance is a Crown/Ford C850 cab/chassis pumper/telesqurt with a 500gal-tank and 1250 gallon per minute pump,1000gpm at the nozzle.
This was one of many different aerial appliances manufactured by the Crown'Firecoach'manufacturers during the 1950's to the 1980's including Snorkels or platforms,100ft mid or rearmount ladders,54',55' and 75 telesqurts,100ft tillered aerials using Maxim ladders,water tankers and of course pumpers.The company also used various other truck bodies for their apparatus including International Harvester,Pierce,Ford,etc.
With more then 800 apparatus manufactured by the company based in California between 1953 and 19885,Crown still stand out today as being one of the finest-A true American Fire Truck.
See also picture #24153
Picture added on 14 July 2010 at 17:06
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Crown was actually much more famous for their enormous production of coaches and school buses, although they did manufacture a wide variety of both custom and commercial apparatus for many West Coast fire departments.

The Ford C chassis was also an extremely popular fire engine chassis, used by numerous builders all over the country for virtually every application imaginable during its lengthy production run from 1957 to 1990. It was available with powerful Cat optional engines, had a tilt cab, was much less costly than a custom job, and both servicing and parts availability were good - as a result of the huge numbers being sold in the commercial market.

They were deployed in large numbers by major city departments including Dallas, Houston, Boston, DC, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Chicago, as well as by medium sized cities and hundreds of cash-strapped small town volunteer fire companies too.

Many had canopy tilting crew cabs for six riders, while others like this example simply used the factory cab...

The 50 foot squirt lost popularity over the years, due to its limited reach. Those that were replaced were often supplanted by the rather more useful 75 foot quint.

Added by Rob Johnson on 27 October 2018.
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