Friday, 8 July 2011
Have you seen this fire truck ?!
Yes, I am putting out an A.P.B. for this ca. 1960 former Merrick, N.Y. Hook and Ladder Company LaFrance Fire Chief Engine !
Back in 2007 I saw it sitting in a back lane off of Dufferin Avenue. It seemed an odd site, even for a North End back lane. Despite the rust, it looked like it had been just taken out of service.
At the time I blogged if anyone knew the story behind it but didn't get any replies. Last week, though, I was contacted by a former chief and a historian of the Merrick Volunteer Fire Department, (Merrick is on Long Island, New York about 35 miles east of New York City).
They purchased the vehicle in 1960 and it remained in service until 1997 when it was donated to another fire department in New York State. After that they lost touch with it until they saw these pics, (you can see the whole album here).
So, what we're both wondering is what happened to the vehicle after its time in the back lane ? Was it purchased to go into service fighting forest fires or on a reserve ? Is it being used for training ? Did it hit the scrap heap ?
If you've seen this fire truck or know what happened to it please let me know at cassidy -at- mts.net and I will pass the information along to Merrick !