SAN FRANCISCO FIRE DEPARTMENT
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Last Update 03/20/1999
All photos on this page are by Milton Yuen SFFD
unless otherwise noted.
E-41, TC-511 is a 1994 3-D triple combination pumper
built on a Spartan Gladiator chassis powered by a 475hp Detroit Diesel series
60 engine driving through an Allison electronic shift control transmission with
a Hale 1500gpm pump. Photo by Michael Mustacchi
Another shot of Engine 41 with the Golden Gate Bridge
in the background. Photo by Michael Mustacchi
TC-505 shown here is a 1993 3-D 1500gpm triple
combination pumper built on a Spartan Gladiator chassis powered by a 475hp
Detroit Diesel series 60 engine driving through an Allison automatic
transmission. Both the engine and transmission are computer controlled. It has
a Hale 1500gpm pump.
E-5, TC-508 is another 1993 3-D 1500gpm triple
combination pumper also powered by a Detroit Diesel series 60 engine and setup
similar to TC-505.
TC-593 shown here as E-17 is a 3-D 1500gpm pumper built
on a Spartan Gladiator Medium Cab chassis, powered by a 450hp 8V-92TA Detroit
Diesel "Silver" Diesel engine with a Hale 1500gpm pump. All of the 3-D pumpers
purchased after 1990 were not equipped with booster lines, but with a front
bumper apron mounted 1-1/2 preconnect adapted to a 1 or 1-1/2 inch hose
E-20, TC-578 was built by SPI on a 1984 Kenworth L-700
C.O.E chassis powered by a Cummins NTC 350 Diesel engine driving through an
Allison automatic transmission. It has a Darley Champion two stage 1500gpm
pump. All of the SPI built pumpers were delivered to SFFD in 1986.
E-32, TC-584 is a 1988 3-D 1500gpm pumper built on a
Kenworth L-700 chassis powered by a Cummins NTC-350 Diesel engine with a
1500gpm Hale pump and a 500 gallon booster tank.
In 1986 SFFD took delivery of two of these SPI built
Tractor Drawn 100ft. Aerials. The tractors are Spartan Gladiators powered by
Cummins NTC-400 Diesels. One went into service as Truck-1 and the other
eventually became Truck-14. The one that was Truck-1 was later reassigned to
Truck-17 and is now a reserve Truck.
Truck-8 (originally Truck-3) is a 1990 Simon/LTI 106ft.
Tractor Drawn Aerial. The tractor is a Spartan Gladiator with an 450hp Detroit
Diesel 8V-92TA "Silver" engine driving through a Allison electronic shift
control transmission. All the ground ladders are wood and they are built and
maintained by the City & County of San Francisco Fire Repair Shops. The
SFFD has for many years built their own wood ladders and continues to do so
This is a 1978 100ft. Seagrave Tractor Drawn Aerial
shown here as Truck 17 in the Bayview-Hunters Point district. The tractor is
powered by an 8V-71N Detroit Diesel engine and features Seagrave's low profile
cab. It is now on the equipment roster as a relief aerial.
Truck-19 shown here is a 1972 American LaFrance Pioneer
Tractor Drawn 100ft aerial ladder. When it was first delivered, it was assigned
to Truck-12. In 1983 it was re-assigned to Truck-19 It was powered by a 8V-71N
Detroit Diesel engine. SFFD also had another ALF Pioneer Tractor Drawn ladder
truck. In 1977, SFFD ordered a new Pioneer tractor to replace a 1963 gas
powered tractor under a 100ft ALF aerial trailer. It was assigned first to
Truck-11 then to Truck-16. Both rigs are no longer on the equipment
American LaFrance 900 model 100ft Tractor Drawn aerial
ladder powered by a six cylinder 820CID Continental gasoline engine. This rig
is shown in reserve status and is no longer on the equipment roster
TC-573 shown here as E-18 was originally assigned to
E-2. It is a 1975 Ward LaFrance P-80 triple combination pumper powered by a
8V-71N Detroit Diesel engine driving through an Allison CLBT 4460 automatic
transmission. It is equipped with a Hale two stage 1250gpm pump. This rig is
one of the last of three of a total of sixteen Ward LaFrance P-80 pumpers
delivered to SFFD between 1973 and 1975. TC-573 is now a relief engine.
TC-585, was originally assigned to E-43 then to E-29.
It is now in service as E-35 at the Embarcadero Fire Boat station it shares
with the two SFFD fire boats PHOENIX and GUARDIAN. It is a 1988 1500gpm 3-D
pumper on a Mack CF chassis with a 1500gpm Hale pump and a 500 gallon booster
tank powered by a 350hp Mack-Scania Diesel engine.
E-37, TC-577 is a 1983 1500gpm Seagrave pumper powered
by a 8V-71N Detroit Diesel engine driving through an Allison automatic
transmission with a two stage 1500gpm Waterous pump and a 500 gallon booster
E-38 shown here is a Grumman "Fire Cat" 1500gpm pumper
built on a Duplex chassis powered by a 8V-71N Detroit Diesel engine driving
through an Allison automatic transmission with a 1500gpm two stage Waterous
pump and a 500 gallon booster tank.
TC-517 originally assigned to E-10 is a 1976 American
LaFrance "Century" model, 1250gpm triple combination pumper, powered by a
8V-71N Detroit Diesel driving through an Allison automatic transmission. The
rig is shown here after being refurbished and repainted by SF Central Shops in
1990. TC-517 as of 9/98 is no longer in service.
This is a 1974 American LaFrance with a Cincinnati
(Budd) cab that originally was an 85ft. Snorkel. In 1987 the snorkel failed its
device test and was removed from the chassis. It was then converted to a fuel
delivery tanker by the West Mark company. The capacity of the rig is 2500
gallons of Diesel and 1000 gallons of gasoline. It meets all current CHP and
DMV specifications for fuel tank trucks. It is powered by a 8V-71N Detroit
TC-545 is a 1968 American LaFrance 1250gpm 900 model that was one of the
three original Diesel powered pumpers purchased by SFFD. They were powered by
8V-71N Detroit Diesels. The three rigs were also the first pumpers that SFFD
ordered with factory installed cab roofs. They were assigned to Engine Co's E5
(Old E34), E36 (Old E14) and E38 (Old E15). The rig in the photo was taken out
of service in 1990 and turned over to the San Francisco Water Department for
hydrant testing and water main bypassing when water mains are taken out of
service for repair. It is shown in SF Water Dept. white over green livery. It
was old Engine 34.
This is another rig that was turned over to the SF
Water Department for hydrant testing and emergency water main bypassing during
repairs. It is TC-578 originally assigned to E-41 and later reassigned to E-18
then to reserve engine status. Built by SPI on a 1985 Kenworth L-700 C.O.E
chassis powered by a Cummins NTC 350 Diesel engine. It has a 1500gpm Darley
Champion two stage pump.
This is one of the latest editions to SFFD. It is the
new Rescue Squad 1. It is a 1997 3-D rescue body on a 1996 Spartan GT-1 chassis
powered by a rear mounted Cummins model C 8.3 litre 300 HP Diesel engine.
Although not shown in these photos, Rescue One now sports a bell mounted on the
front bumper apron just above the siren
Hose Tender 25 is a rebuilt 1973 Ward LaFrance 1250 gpm
pumper with the booster tank and reels removed and replaced with an enlarged
hose body to carry 5200 feet of 5 inch hose. This is one of four Ward LaFrance
pumpers redesigned and rebuilt specifically to work with San Francisco's unique
high pressure Auxiliary Water Supply System. An explanation of the AWSS can be
TC-587, E-7 shown here was later reassigned to E-10 and
is one of two 1989 1500gpm KME pumpers purchased by SFFD with 500 gallon
booster tanks powered by Detroit Diesel 8V-92 "Silver" engines with both the
engine and automatic transmission controlled electronically. The other KME
pumper was assigned to E-36 and was later reassigned to E-31.
In 1985 SFFD took delivery of two identical Quint units
built by SPI on Spartan Gladiator chassis powered by Cummins NTC 350 Diesels
with 300 gallon booster tanks Darley Champion two stage 1500 gpm pumps and
fitted with SPI built 75 foot aerial ladders and telescoping remote control
ladder pipes. SFFD soon determined that these units were not suitable for
service in the City of San Francisco and they were subsequently sold to other
The SFFD Hazmat Unit is this 1990 Chevrolet/Utilimaster
SFFD Surf Rescue unit is a 1973 Ford F-350. This is one
of four Ford F-350 pickup trucks SFFD originally purchased from L.N. Curtis
& Sons in 1973 that were fitted with slide in tank-pump units for quick
response to brush and trash fires. This unit operates out of Station 18 which
is close to Ocean Beach.
Three identical Attack Hose Tenders 7, 13 and 21 are on
1974 Ford C-850 chassis powered by Caterpillar 3208 Diesel engines with body
work by Crown Coach and equipped with 54ft. Pitman Squrt water towers. HT-7 is
The San Francisco Fire Department also
provides fire and rescue services to the San Francisco International Airport.
The following photos are of some of the apparatus stationed at SFO
M-32 is a Pierce Mini pumper on a 1989 GMC chassis that
has a 400gpm pump and carries 250 gallons of water. M-48 is a 1990 KME 1500gpm
pumper with a 500 gallon booster tank.
M-44 is 1993 Sutphen 75ft. ladder/tower. M-47 is a 1988
Kovatch/LTI quint equipped with a 1500gpm pump and a 500 gallon booster tank
and also carries 50 gallons of foam.
M-40 is a 1985 Oshkosh T-3000 crash rescue rig equipped
an with 1800gpm pump, 3000 gallon water tank, 410 gallon foam tank and 500
pounds of Halon. M-41 is a 1988 Oshkosh T-3000 crash rescue rig with an 1800gpm
pump, 3000 gallons of water and 400 pounds of Halon.