1974 Ford/John Bean – Parkersburg WV
1000 GPM – 750 Tank
ON FIFTH STREET , ACROSS FROM FIRE STATION NO.1 IN 1922. PICTURED (L TO R) ARE CHARLES LOWERS, DAN HILL, UNKNOWN, “RED” DOWLER, JOSEPH MALONEY, ALLEN MURDOCH, NEWT MCKITRICH, TOM DALEY, BOB ARMOUR, _ CHARLES GOOSMAN, AND UNKNOWN.
AN OLD TOURING CAR CONVERTED INTO A HOSE REEL AND LADDER TRUCK. PICTURED (L TO R) A.T. SMITH, SR., GAIL SMITH, CHIEF HEYDENREICH, W. G. “RED” DOWLER, AND PHILLIP DOLLMEYER. TAKEN ACROSS FROM THE #2 FIRE STATION ON 17TH STREET
Shiny with brass and also reflecting glory of past performances in the old days of Parkersburg ‘s fire service is the ancient horse-drawn steam pumper. Spencer K. creel, who owned the pumper, and who operated it during parades, said it was last used for fire fighting during the flood of 1913. The Dana Co. property caught fire at 3rd and Juliana Sts. and the pumper was used in fighting the blaze, taking water directly from the street, or in other words, using flood water to fight a fire. Creel, in discussing the operation of the pumper, said kindling wood was kept saturated with oil, with wood on top of the kindlings and coal on top of the wood. When an alarm came in, the kindlings were ignited and by the time the pumper reached the scene there was sufficient steam for it to go into action. He said it is what is known as a “flash type” boiler, capable of raising steam in three minutes.
Special thanks to Roger Mackey, MackeysClockRepair.com for providing historical photos of Parkersburg fire trucks.