Fire Apparatus in World War Two
This page added 2-4-2018.
Seagrave Fire Apparatus is the longest
surviving American manufacturer of fire suppression equipment in the
United States. Originally formed by Fredric Seagrave in 1881 in
Detroit, MI, the company has gone through several moves and ownership
changes. Today Seagrave is owned by ELB Capital Company with
manufacturing plants in Clintonville, WI, and Rock Hill, SC.
During World War Two, Seagrave was located in Columbus, OH, after moving
there in 1891. In 1963 it was purchased by FWD Company and moved
to Clintonville, WI.
Seagrave Fire Apparatus World War Two Production
Statistics: Seagrave Fire
Apparatus fire equipment can be found at various fire museums in the
United States. There are usually some on display, and pumping
water at musters. Finding
Seagrave 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.
Authors note: I have traveled to
many places in the course of researching World War Two vehicles,
weapons, and equipment to photograph for this website. I have been
to museums, veterans' organizations, ships, salvage yards, airshows,
military collector shows and conventions, parks, memorials, and
cemeteries. In order to provide photos of the 1942 Seagrave fire
truck below, the destination was the hot sauce department of a grocery
store in Cincinnati, OH. One finds World War Two equipment where
one can. This was a unique photo shoot to say the least.
1942 Seagrave US Navy Fire Truck: The photos below were
taken in the hot sauce department of the Jungle Jim's International
Market in Cincinnati, OH store.
The vehicle below served with the US Navy in
San Diego. It is unknown whether it was at the naval base, North
Island Naval Air Station, or at the amphibious base on Coronado Island.
It was part of a local collection when purchased by Jungle Jim's for its
display. The vehicle was in running order. However, for
safety, the gas tank was removed before placement in its current
position. The photos below show it is in excellent condition.
The US Navy Seagrave fire truck sits atop a
hot sauce display in the store. Author's photo.
In the lower right corner, a customer is
picking out her favorite hot sauce. Author's photo.
The store has added this display of fire
nozzles, extinguishers, and hose below the rear of the truck.
Historical Seagrave Fire Apparatus at the
Central Ohio Fire Museum in Columbus, OH: The museum has four
Seagrave pieces of apparatus on display built when the company was in
This 1894 Seagrave Hand Drawn Hose Reel has
600 feet of hose and cost $75 new. Author's photo.
This is a 1907 Hand Drawn Hook and Ladder.
The Columbus, OH Fire Department used this
1927 Seagrave pumper. Author's photo.
The 1935 Seagrave 65-foot aerial ladder truck on display was purchased
by the Lancaster, OH fire department. Author's photo.