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IH / John Bean Coker Creek FD
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No: 30716   Contributor: David Lampp   Year: 2011   Manufacturer: International   Country: United States of America
IH / John Bean Coker Creek FD

I was driving through the Tennessee mountains, and passed through an unincorporated area called Coker Creek. I found their volunteer fire station, but no one was around. This appliance was parked next to the station, using a shortened railroad tie as a chock. It is a Internatioinal Harvester chassis, pump and bodywork by John Bean. According to the pump data plate, it has a single stage 750gpm(150psi), and a high pressure pump for the single booster line. The water tank size looks about 500gal. I didn't find find a manufacturers plate for the chassis, and neither plate listed a date. It had some attack hose on it, but I doubt its still in use. Its insurance sticker expired earlier this year. According to the pump plate, this appliance was originally owned by the Hope Mills, North Carolina Fire Dept.
Picture added on 26 December 2011 at 11:37
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Nice catch! You gotta love the triple beacons on top!

Added by Jeff Beall on 26 December 2011.
Typical of volunteer fire company rigs of its era, in that there were no crew accommodations. Up to three men could hang on the rear step along with two or three in the cab, if they got to the fire station in time to ride on it - but the majority of the time the volunteers were expected to report directly to the incident in their own vehicles, rather than making the pumper wait for them to show up at the firehouse...

Added by Rob Johnson on 19 January 2018.
Rob, I’m 60, know the story! Lol!

Added by on 23 January 2018.
Interesting volunteers going to fire in own cars.
Many UK retained stations have a 4x4 crew cab pick up as second vehicle.
Do late arrivals follow main appliance in these pick ups ?

Added by on 25 January 2018.
Quite likely.

Many European volunteer stations operate this way too. The first members to turn up at the station man the trucks, and later arrivals often ride a personnel carrier or alternative utility such as a pickup truck to the call location.

As far as I know, the idea of having volunteers respond directly to an incident in their own vehicles is a rarity outside North America.

Added by Rob Johnson on 02 February 2018.
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