LaFrance in World War Two
Elmira, NY (WWII)
Rest in Peace
This page added 10-5-2017.
American LaFrance is well known for the fire
apparatus it produced for 141 years, until it ceased operations in 2014.
American LaFrance fire equipment can be found at many fire museums in
the United States. There are usually some on display, and pumping
water at musters. Finding American LaFrance fire apparatus that
served the US military during WWII is another story, as they are almost
non-existent. Only one has been found by the author to date, as
can be seen below.
This 1942 American LaFrance fire truck was
built on a Ford chassis. It served at Freeman Army Airfield in Seymour,
IN from 1943 until the base closed 1946. It then served
the Seymour fire department; and can now be seen at the Freeman Army
Airfield Museum. Author's Photo.
The fire truck is in running condition; and
is used by the museum for parades and other events. Author's Photo.
Shown here is an 1943 American LaFrance
Class 135 crash truck that served at Las Vegas Army Air Field. It
is now owned by the Arizona Ground Crew and is kept at the former
Wendover Army Air Field in Wendover, UT. Photo courtesy of Brent
Palmer added 10-4-2017.
Photo courtesy of Brent Palmer added
2016 Frankenmuth, MI Muster
There were four American LaFrance fire trucks along
the Cass River in Frankenmuth on Saturday, July 30th.
Both big and little kids were
having a great time pumping water back in to the river courtesy of the
pump in this 1929 American LaFrance. Author's Photo.
This 1919 American LaFrance may have
been the oldest of the type at Frankenmuth. Author's Photo.
This appears to be the same vintage as the
1919. Author's Photo.