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Excess City Chassis Used To Build New Texas Pumper

Issue 7 and Volume 134.

Excess City Chassis Used To Build New Texas Pumper FEATURES Refurbishing fire engines is a current trend because of the economic situation. We went one step more and built ours from a garbage packer chassis with the assistance of fire fighters, other taxpayers and businessmen. We have an engine that we’re proud of, and we saved up to $90,000. When the City of Duncanville, Texas, purchased a 1979 Autocar chassis from the White Motor Corp. to be made into a garbage packer, it did not anticipate going out of the trash collection business. But in 1979 the city put trash collection out on contract and wondered what to do with the new chassis. Lt. Emil Stewart suggested to Fire Chief Robert S. O’Burke that the fire department could build a fire engine out of it. O’Burke took the request to the city manager and city council. They approved the request,…

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