Fire Apparatus: Farewell to American LaFrance

After more than 100 years in business, American LaFrance (ALF) announced it was going out of business on January 17, 2014, ending its long history as a fire apparatus manufacturer. HERE, you can see both a visual history of the company's products and the evolution of its fire apparatus. Below, John Malecky shares his memories of ALF apparatus, and Walt McCall offers a summary of the venerable manufacturer's history. HERE we offer series of old ALF advertisements as they appeared in The Fireman's Journal in 1880; in Fire and Water in 1905; and in Fire Engineering in 1926, 1943, 1960, 1982, 2002, and 2006.  John Malecky, Fire Engineering's Apparatus Deliveries author, offers some perso...

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