I was organizing my iPhoto library, and I came across these.
Engine 1 v3.0 was our last ‘rural’ fire engine. Gas engine, manual transmission, hydrovac brakes, 3″ supply hose and a Squad 51 lightbar. It was a relic from another era when it was new, but it served valiantly for 21 years before retirement in 2000.
When I first joined the department, we still rode this back step. Now it seems stupid and dangerous. Back then it was just cold and wet. Some days I still miss it.