Monday, October 13, 2014

White firetrucks

Although I have been known to complain about the recent tendency of trucking companies to leave their trucks in factory white (thus surrendering their distinctive company identities) I am a fan of fire trucks painted white.
There are still a few spotted around the country - Quebec City being one- and many in the southern US  including Washington, DC.

Today I spotted retired rigs from two Nova Scotia departments that are also noted for their white painted apparatus.

Early in 2014 Truro, NS received their new number 4,  a Pierce Arrow XT 95 ft aerial platform and retired the old number 4. Built in 1987 by Pierre Thibault on an International CO1950 chassis, it carried a 1050 gpm pump and 30m aerial ladder.

Down the road the Parrsboro Department can't give up on their veteran Ford pumper tanker. It isn't being given house room in their 3 bay fire hall anymore, but it is parked outside and re-assigned the number 4. It carries no makers plate or ULC plate, but other sources say it is a 1978 Ford, with 400 gpm PTO pump and 1200 gal tank, built by LRB Fabricators of Port Williams, NS. It is service from April to November (when there is no danger of it freezing up.)

 Southern US cities have long been known for their white painted fire trucks.

Frisco, TX hadn't taken delivery of their new truck in April 2002, so it was on display in front of the Emergency-One factory in Ocala, FL. Labelled for Engine 604 it appears to be a quint.

Out back of the Emergency-One factory in April 1999, this Duplex chassis pumper from the City of Sunrise, FL was in for repairs and reconditioning.

The City of Seminole, FL had an all white fleet, many of which were built by Gator, a short-lived local company, such as this pumper assigned to Engine 32. (1999 photo)

 This Spartan was assigned to Squad 32. (1999 photo)

 Tower 29 for Seminole ran this veteran Sutphen.(1999 photo)

In 1993 Engine 29 was running this Gator with sun-tan bronze stripes.

All the Gators, the Duplex and the Sutphen appear to be fitted with Cincinnati cabs.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Between a rock and a hard place

When it was time to move a big container hauling fork lift from one end of the Port of Halifax to the other, Logistec Stevedoring called in a tug and barge to move the big rig. Too wide and too high (and  not licensed) to travel on streets, the  giant forklift was loaded on the barge by a ramp at pier 30 and sailed gaily up to pier 9c. However there is no convenient ramp at pier 9c, so it was apparently the intention to drive the rig onto the pier at high tide, over a low curb.
All did not go well when the point of no return arrived - the rear (steering) wheels on land and the front (driving) wheels still on the barge. As the full weight of the rig bore down on one end of the barge, it went deeper in the water and the rig hung up. No amount of cajoling with smaller forklifts would get the big rig on shore.

Time to call in the big guns:

A pair of  twin steer Western Star /National Crane trucks from A.W.Leil, set up on either side and rigged slings to the lift tower.

 Ruggles towing supplied their No.1 Peterbilt with a pair of winch wires rigged to the forklift's rear axles.
And we had lift off.
The Taylor container handler (probably a model TXEC) overshadows a more typical singe pallet forklift.


Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Small size expedition camper

After the big Mercedes from Germany I saw last week (and is still here today - see Update) this small Toyota Land Cruiser/pick-up camper was quite a contrast.

Built very much in the same style, and almost the same colour, it is a miniature version. While the big Merc had "ALEMANIA" (Germany) on the front, this one has "HOLLAND" painted on the light bar over the windshield. It is also carrying a Netherlands license plate on the front bumper.



Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Tanker drops in

The Halifax Regional Fire + Emergency Services fleet is a huge one, covering 65 stations plus training, spares and other unassigned. It is therefore tough to keep track of assignments of apparatus. One thing is sure however, that small suburban or rural tankers are seldom seem in town. Yesterday's arrival of 02-295T was therefore unusual.

Carl Thibault delivered four Freightliner F-116s on 17 ft chassis in the 2002 order, and they were assigned to outlying stations. Fitted with a 1500 gal tank and 450 gpm pump, they also carry a 1400 gal PortaTank and portable 550 gpm pump, and have 10" discharges left and right and 10" dump in the rear.
02-295T is now a spare, but certainly appears to be fully equipped and fitted out. 02-296T is also a spare. 02-297T is based in Herring Cove and 02-298T in Lawrencetown.

For a good indication of where the apparatus may be stationed see:


Monday, September 29, 2014

Been there, done that -updated

Judging by the stickers and map on the side of this vintage Merc, the German owners have a pretty good claim on the old saying "been there, done that".

The parade of miscellaneous campers, big and little, continues, with four or five a week now showing up at the Fairview Cove container terminal to await their turn on Atlantic Container Line ships to return them to Europe. Some of them have only been in North America for a few months. Others, like this one, must have been here for much longer in order to have covered Alaska to Tierra del Fuego. From the map, it appears that it arrived in Argentina by sea, then progressed northward to Alaska, then across Canada winding up here.
This rig was built by Feuss Allrad-mobile. The company's website at appears to be glitched.

Update October 1:
The rig was still there this evening and was joined by another, and I was able to get these photos from the passenger side:

Another crop of stickers shows travels in North Africa and the Middle East. It also shows some curious west African shipping routes.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Newest Quint

I finally got to see Halifax's newest Quint 14-558Q on Saturday. (There was a preview earlier in June :
Unfortunately not long enough for much of an inspection - more like a driveby.

They were just cleaning up on Bedford Highway in front of Feed Nova Scotia. (Only about two doors away from the long decommissioned Rockingham fire hall.)
Since its specs have not been listed on the web site yet, I don't know any more details except that it is a Pierce and based at Station 5 on Bayers Road, allowing it to cover the west end of  the peninsula and the Fairview Rockingham mainland.


Sunday, September 21, 2014

Volvo out to pasture

For a time, Volvo brought in tilt cabs for sale in Canada, and they were popular for a few years. They were in direct competition with Mack's Renault COE and Ford's Cargo. Many were used for fire apparatus and there were several around the Halifax area. However when enclosed, connected crew cabs with doors became mandatory, these commercial type tilt cabs became obsolete.

This 1995 Volvo with pumper body built by Superior Emergency Vehicles of Red Deer, AB (serial number SE 1435) has been retired to a parking area off the Hammonds Plains Road in suburban Halifax.  By the look of the sticker mark on its side it served the Halifax Regional Fire and Emergency Services, after amalgamation, but probably belonged to one of the suburban departments before that.

Superior was a subsidiary of Emergency-One when this unit was built, and the company badge was the same shape as E-One's. It also had an E-One design pumper body. I am not sure if E-One in the US ever built a crew cab for a Volvo, so that part may be unique to Superior.