Detroit Fire Department History – Largest Purchase of Fire Apparatus

Today in Detroit Fire Department History – 1969

The largest purchase of fire apparatus by the Detroit Fire Department happened in 1969.  A total of 16 fire engines and 7 ladder trucks went into service.  They replaced obsolete and riot damaged rigs.

Detroit Fire Department Engine 31 in 1974

The 16 fire engines were a Mack cab-forward model.   They had a 1000 gallon per minute capacity.

American LaFrance supplied the 7 ladder trucks.  Each had a 100′ areal ladder.

Question: If you were ordering new apparatus for the Detroit Fire Department today what rigs would you choose? 


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