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San Francisco’s antique fire apparatus collection looking for new home

The collection of 32 antique firefighting vehicles includes a hose cart from 1850, a water tower from 1906 and a 1958 fire engine


By FireRescue1 Staff

SAN FRANCISCO — San Francisco’s historic collection of fire vehicles is homeless, according to the nonprofit organization that takes care of it.

San Francisco Examiner reported that Guardians of the City, the nonprofit group that cares for the historic firefighting vehicles, is calling on San Francisco to find a home for the vintage collection.

The collection of 32 antique vehicles ranges in origin from 1820 to 1992 and includes a hose cart that battled flames in 1850, a 75-foot water tower on wheels from 1906 and a 1958 fire engine.

The collection is temporarily stowed in an Academy of Art garage, but before that it hopped from location to location. The open-air garage atmosphere caused weather damage, resulting in the estimated value of $2,647,500 dropping to $1,437,080.

Lee said some of the damage is “beyond repair,” but many members of the community support the decision to preserve history.

 “The Department supports identifying and securing space to house and protect our vintage apparatus, which is an important piece of our history,” San Francisco Fire Chief Joanne Hayes said.

 
SFFD Museum Water Tower Co No 4

The Last Move-in Day – Fall 2014 Water Tower Co. No. 4, 1927 Mack Bulldog chassis, reg #7311720, with a 35 foot Gorter Water Tower, Union Iron Works, San Francisco. Act II

Posted by Guardians of The City San Francisco on Wednesday, August 9, 2017

 

 
SFFD Museum Foam Unit Co. No. 1

The Last Move-in Day – Fall 2014 Foam Unit Co. No. 1, 1937 American LaFrance, reg #7767, 400 series, Elmira, New York.

Dikirim oleh Guardians of The City San Francisco pada 9 Agustus 2017

 

 
SFFD Museum Hosetender Co. No. 8

The Last Move-in Day – Fall 2014 Hosetender Co. No. 8, 1950 Mack, Model 95, Hosetender, reg #1080, Allentown, Pennsylvania. Act I

Posted by Guardians of The City San Francisco on Wednesday, August 9, 2017

 

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