We complete our tour of the Hall of Flame Museum of Firefighting with today's entry.
Returning World War II veterans introduced this practice to their fire departments. Almost 4000 patches are on display.
I believe the patch above is from my childhood hometown of Plainfield, Illinois. The one below certainly is.
The truck was in service at Baltimore Fire Department's Ladder Company 24 from 1923-1962. As late as 1960 fire departments used escape nets like the one on this truck.
City Service trucks carried a variety of ladders and tools, With a complement of 4 to12 firemen, truck companies made rescues and salvaged whatever was possible while the engine company attacked the fire. In 1950, this was bought by Downers Grove, IL, a town near where I grew up.
The Seagrave Fire Apparatus Company of Columbus, Ohio built this 750-gallon-per-minute pumper for the town of Downers Grove, IL.
The Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railroad bought this "chemical car" as a quick response rig to attack grass fires along he train tracks near its San Bernardino, California yards. (Apparently there were very few grass fires, since this truck has less than 170 miles on its odometer.)
This engine marks the beginning of the Hall of Flame. Museum Founder George F. Getz, Jr. received it as a Christmas present in 1955 from his wife, Olive. He began the National Historical Fire Foundation, which supports the Hall of Flame.
Called "No. 1" because it was the first object in the collection, the pumper was used by the fire department of Oshkosh, Wisconsin until the 1950s. It was restored in 1991 to its 1955 appearance.
This Tower was purchased by the Toledo (Ohio) Fire Department in 1897. Used only for large fires, water towers were designed to pump between 1,000 and 3,000 gpm.
The town of Norfolk, Nebraska, used the engine from 1935 until the 1960s. Few departments could afford the pricey trucks, only about 170 Model 400s were built between 1933 and 1938.