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American Museum of Firefighting
Topic Started: Jul 16 2017, 11:41 AM (260 Views)
Brian49
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The other week my two boys and I took a road trip to the American Museum of Firefighting in Hudson NY. If you have never been and are in the area I highly recommend a visit, lots of great apparatus and equipment on display.

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The Museum is located on the Grounds of the Firemen's Association of the State of New York's Volunteer Firemen's Home. The Firemen's Home is a Nursing faculty for retired volunteer firefighters. New York and New Jersey are the only states to operate such a home.

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Now for a bit of a tour.

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An ex-military truck converted for brush use.

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A Cascade unit

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This straight chassis tiller was originally horse draw, and later modified with an electric motor.

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A classic 700 series ALF pumper, the mother of the modern fire truck cab. Note the lifenet on the wall.

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ALF 900 rescue and salvage truck.






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An elder ALF engine.

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Seagrave TDA, with lifenet on the running board.

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ALF City Service truck

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An elder horse draw tiller,
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note the tillermen sits under the ladder.
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The true reason they are called Hook and Ladder Trucks, was years ago large hooks like this were carried on the rig, and either a large number of men or the team of horses would be used to take these hooks and pull a building down to prevent fire spread.

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The Rolls Royce of fire engines, the Ahrens-Fox complete with piston pump.

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An Autocar rig.


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An Seargrave 70th, maybe something our friends at MBX could due, note the portable pond on it.

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Why is Mattydale LI, NY of intreste to us firefighters, and especially this rig?
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Easy they are the guys that started the crosslay with this set up!

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One of several steamers in the collection.

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This Waterous rig is unique in that it is horse pulled to the fire, but uses a gasoline motor to drive the pump.

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Numerous Handpumps fill the collection.

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Hand puled Hose cart.
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Complete with copper riveted hose!

Over the next couple of days I will post a bunch more.
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the only word that comes to mine...AWESOME.
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Swifty
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I'll echo Pegers - awesome! Looks like I'll need to take a trip there someday!
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Brian49
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A bit more:
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B model Mack.

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Newshem Handpumper.

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Bucket Brigade wagon.

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A leather bucket.
Speaking of the Bucket Brigade, some towns had regulations requiring each home to have two or three buckets, and when a fire call was sounded all the homeowners had to show up with their buckets.

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An OAB Breathing Apparatus from the 1950's.

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This Smoke Mask is an early version of breathing apparatus.
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One person out side would pump this foot pump and air would be feed through a hose to the above Smoke Mask.

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A Mack C model.

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A couple of rattles, in early times a night watchman would patrol the town at night with a torch and rattle. In the event of the fire he would sound the rattle to summon help.

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A couple of torches the night watchman would use to light his way at night, as well as light any street lamps.

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An alarm system telegraph unit.

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a few more Steamers. Its interesting to see so many steamers in one place, as many of the steamers where melted down for scrap during WWII.'

Still more to come.
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cody6268
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Seeing that Mine Safety Permissible marking on that early MSA SCBA is unusual, and it makes sense, as at the time MSA, as their name suggests main business was safety products for mining, and the design is based off their Chemox Self Rescuers for the mining industry at the time.

When did cascade units start to come about? The one shown is the oldest I've seen.
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pjedsel
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Great stuff there at the museum - one of those places where I could spend hours. Thanks for the background on the hook n' ladder name - I always wondered where that had come from.
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Ahrens-Fox has been used as Hot Wheels Old Number 5 for a long time
the remake is called Old 5.5

real cool museum :thumbup:

I love Fire Dept stuffs
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Thanks Brian! I love your photos and histories that you share.
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cody6268
Jul 16 2017, 09:40 PM
Seeing that Mine Safety Permissible marking on that early MSA SCBA is unusual, and it makes sense, as at the time MSA, as their name suggests main business was safety products for mining, and the design is based off their Chemox Self Rescuers for the mining industry at the time.

When did cascade units start to come about? The one shown is the oldest I've seen.
The information in the Museum put the MSA OBA (outside breathing apparatus) as developed for the US Navy for shipboard firefighting. But yes MSA started in the mining industry and most likely had experience with similar apparatus for that industry.

The cascade truck was a convert from a pumper I believe.
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pjedsel
Jul 16 2017, 10:33 PM
Great stuff there at the museum - one of those places where I could spend hours. Thanks for the background on the hook n' ladder name - I always wondered where that had come from.
PJ, I hear you. We spent just over 3.5 hours there, and if not for a three year old would have spent longer!
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A hose wagon.

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A hand puller ladder wagon.

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A Brockway.

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A Long Island Stump Jumper as they call the heavy brush rigs out their.

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A Horse blanket

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Don't think OSHA would dig these lids.

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The guts of a Gamewell

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A section of wooden water main.




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A Firemen's Bed Key. Back in colonial times the bed was many times the most valuable item in a home, so Firemen had a special tool to quickly take one apart.

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A Ward LaFrance Rescue Truck

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An ALF JOX ladder.

Much of the ride, took us off the highway and through the back roads, along several small communities. As many know my other interest is fire patches, so alone that way we passed by about 8 fire and EMS stations, unfortunately most were not staffed, but we found these rigs out side two.

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A GMC General / Quality engine tanker in Hillsdale NY.

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This Ford F700 / Ward LaFrance was sitting out side Canaan CT's fire house.

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And scored one trade.

All and all a good day out, and a museum wall worth the trip!!
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That '70s or '80s IH tanker is interesting to be in a museum--I know of departments around here that have apparatus that old if not older.

Old extinguishers, especially those brass ones are cool. I'll soon have this American LaFrance one in my collection, as soon as I convince my grandfather to replace it. It was used in the plant in Bluefield. I keep telling my grandfather that it hasn't been inspected since 1987, and probably won't work when we need it. Ever since getting my OSHA certification, I've been going a little crazy when it comes to farm safety.


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Seeing wonderful pictures like these are reminders of why I like magazines like Fire Apparatus Journal and the newer one - Vintage Fire Truck and Equipment.

Cody...glad to hear you are making farm safety a priority. Living in a rural farming/ranch area (and one time rural EMT) I know way to many farmers who do not take safety seriously and take to many shortcuts...that they often pay for...and not in dollars and cents.
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