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Prince Rupert's Fire & Police Museum 1958 pumper
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No: 4609   Contributor: Myra Lemson   Year: 2007   Manufacturer: American LaFrance   Country: United States of America
Prince Rupert's Fire & Police Museum 1958 pumper

I found the information about it online at:
www.princerupertlibrary.ca/fire/

1958 American LaFrance

As one of only 2 LaFrance fire vehicles built with a prototype "transmatic" transmission, we believe that this is the only one left in existence. The riot act was once read from atop this vehicle twice in one night by former long time Mayor Peter Lester. Removed from service in 1990, it was donated to the museum where local members and a long list of local business helped to restore her back to her original beauty.

The Museum also contains history and artifacts of the BC Police, a provincial force that preceded the present day Royal Canadian Mounted Police. The BC Police, operating from 1858 to 1950, has quite a colorful history up here in remote northern British Columbia. Our collection, small but growing, of B.C. Police artifacts, is said to be the largest of any collection in the Province. This 4-door sedan car was a former B.C. Police vehicle. Found in Terrace, B.C., this vehicle is currently involved in a complete restoration from the frame up.

Picture added on 13 November 2007
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is it me or dose this mind you of old fords

Added by Fire Fifer on 13 November 2007.
Yes Fire Fifer, your observations are spot on! However, I'm waiting for someone to comment on the abomination of a ladder rack, I've never seen anything like this before on an ALF?

Added by Pavel - Western Australia on 22 November 2007.
As we are scratching our heads on this one......
1957-58 Ford trucks had the "Transmatic" transmission.
It is worthwhile, to read up the Web Site above:
a) the vehicle description was lifted verbatim from the Site,
which includes the paragraph about the Provincial Police and
the non-existent police car.
Therefore, the photo, and the description must be 2 different machines.

b) Even, better, the Web Site has photo of a real honey - a 1925 REO Speed Wagon - in service to 1950 - a chemical wagon - you know, a "giant" soda acid fire extinguisher mounted on a truck. The acronym is for Ransom Eli Olds, an automotive pioneer, who also founded the Oldsmobile car-brand, ran for 107 years, until General Motors "shut'er down" in 2004.

Maybe, the ALF is inside, with the REO.

Regards,
Pat_R-B



Added by Pat_R-B on 01 April 2008.
The vehicle is a Ford based pumper built by American LaFrance. The same Budd cab was used on "entry level" Mack trucks as well by the way.
ALF built a number of fire fighting units on this chassis including some for LA CITY Fire Dept with canophy cabs and Caterpllar engines.

Added by John Walker on 01 April 2008.
Pav:

Overhead ladder racks were never common on North American fire trucks, but this example is by no means unique.

If you are in a small community and can't afford a ladder truck, then you have to add one or more of your long extension ladders to a pumper. When you have stubbly little short wheelbase pumpers like this one, which have the advantage of being maneuverable, you don't have room to hang them on the side, so they have to go up on top!

It can make re-stowing the hose bed a (literal) headache, but that's why firefighters get to wear helmets...

Added by Rob Johnson on 28 July 2017.
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