For sale is a 1982 LaFrance pumper truck. This truck belongs to one of our local volunteer fire departments. Only reason for selling is they upgraded to a newer truck. This truck runs and drives great and everything is in working order. This truck has been in service until recently when it was planned to sell it. This truck also has some history that would make it great for any collector. Listed below is all the information and history on the truck. Please ask any and all question and I will answer them asap. Personal inspection is always encouraged. Shipping is at the buyers expense. I am flexible to meet your shipper. If you would like to see the truck or request any specific pics please ask. Please contact me through with any questions and I will provide a phone number for serious buyers. Thank you for looking.
Information:1982 LaFrance Pumper 2002 Hayle Pump - 1000 gallons rated at 1500 gpm.3406B Caterpillar engine- (25,562 miles and 3906.35 hours)Allison Automotive transmissionClosed cab, 7 seats with SCBA tank holders - 2 on doghouse and 2 in rear seats.Driver side pump controlsAuto chains
Served as a support replacement pumper after 9/11/01 tragedy in New York.
1982 American La France Pumper: My Story……….
I spent the first 20 years serving the community of Westbury, Long Island @ Hose Company #1. This volunteer department is one of 71 fire stations serving Nassau County, 9th Battalion in Long Island New York. I would go on an average of 200 calls per month with my volunteers and other equipment from our station.
In 2001, my chief told me that I would be moving to a rural volunteer fire department in Henderson, Arkansas. I asked the other equipment in the station where that was and none knew of the location. Well, I had heard some of the volunteers talk about how the South Central country side was beautiful and I was looking forward the move even though I would miss all my station friends here in New York. The Fire broker came to pick me up and store me at his garage until which time he could arrange transportation to my new home in Henderson, Arkansas.
September 11, 2001:
I was just hanging out at the broker’s garage when a tragedy struck the Twin Towers in New York City. It was BAD! I heard the broker talking later in the day that 141 apparatuses responded to the WTC, including equipment and volunteers from Westbury Hose Company #1, my old station. That day, 96 FDNY apparatuses were destroyed or severely damaged preventing them from covering New York City of future incidents. My broker immediately had me go to a station in NYC to be used by the firefighters while they waited to receive a new pumper. My trip to Henderson, Arkansas was delayed until further notice.
I returned to the broker’s garage and within a few weeks was on a flatbed truck in route to my new home. My new chief and officers met me at the HVFD to settle me into my new place in the garage. I was replacing the 1971 ford engine that was retiring from the department. I settled into the garage next to my new friends, an ambulance rescue, engine, brush truck, 2 tankers and a fill truck. They were welcoming and we spent ALOT of time together. Rural fire departments don’t have as many calls as Westbury NY. All my Henderson friends (vehicles) have departed the station except for my old buddy, the brush truck.
I am use to being attached to a hydrant at a fire instead of water shuttled to me by tankers, that was a NEW CONCEPT. Let me explain, my pump drafts water from a portable 2,000 gallon drop tank that my shuttle tank volunteers set up near me or water can be pumped directly from a tanker to me if there isn’t room for the drop tank. The tankers are filled from a portable fill unit drafting water from Lake Norfork or suitable water source. Once filled, they return to me to be pumped on the fire. This is called a “ water shuttle.” This is rural firefighting when you don’t have fire hydrants. I have 2 tanker garage mates and a third tanker is at our substation #2 on CR 46. Water shuttle is how we support our auto aid districts - Hand Cove, Gamaliel and parts of NELS. I do get to connect occasionally to a hydrant when I go on an aid call to NELS district. That brings back memories of Long Island, NY.
Man, did I noticed that I was out of shape after traveling up and down gravel roads compared to flat paved city streets. It didn’t take long for my volunteers to get me trained for the hills, the curves, and low hanging tree lines of my new home. Each of my volunteer firefighters have dedicated loads of time training on proper procedures for using my pump and fighting fires. We even have support volunteers that assist the firefighters and rescue personnel at scenes. My volunteers train at the station twice a month, and maintain all of us in the garage to be ready for a fire / rescue call day or night.
My department built a sub station #2 on CR 46 to serve the northeast section of our district which has an ISO rating of 5. A couple of my garage friends moved out there to provide a quicker response time and it was getting a bit crowded in our main station. I now live at sub station #2 on CR 46 along with Tanker 2. My volunteers keep me maintained and in good shape for that next call.
I truly feel blessed to serve the community of Henderson and our auto aid departments here in North Central Arkansas.
I am visiting the main station today with my new decal commemorating my service in post 9/11 - come visit me and have a photo op.