fully custom rigs have traditionally been the pin-ups of fire apparatus,
the backbone of the American fire service has always been trucks built on
commercially available chassis. Although there have been many commercial
chassis providers throughout history, there is arguably no more
recognizable name in the American automotive industry than Ford. This book
serves as a pictorial history of the role Ford chassis have played in the
evolution of fire apparatus.
Fire trucks of all types built on the famous Model T, the long standing
F-Series, the venerable C-Series, the honorary Louisville-Line, and other
miscellaneous Ford models have prolifically and efficiently served towns
small and big alike since the advent of motorization.
This chronicle pays homage to the contributions this automotive legend
has made to the fire service with a brilliant display of classic rigs and
modern machines, with representatives from over 150 fire apparatus
manufacturers ? from the glamour queens themselves to smaller builders
with characteristics just as neat as their big name peers.