Antique and Vintage Toy Model Fire Trucks

Toy fire engines first appeared around 1880, made of cast iron and tinplate. Known as fire wagons, these toys included pumper wagons, horse-drawn chief's wagons, ladder wagons, and other accessories.

Interestingly, the toy fire trucks of the 1920s predicted the engines of today. Toy makers combined the traditional horse-drawn wagons with a truck body to create something similar to today's fire engine. The three most famous makers of these early fire-fighting toys are Dent, Kenton, and Hubley, though other companies like Tonka and Marx would later make smaller scale tin and steel engines.

Note that cast-iron fire trucks have been frequently reproduced, so it's important to look at authenticity.


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Recent News: Model Fire Trucks

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Area News: Sept. 2, 2014
Oneonta Daily Star, September 2nd

Antique tractors, Model A Fords, a 1926 Ahrens Fox Pumper fire truck, a 1956 Chevy Belair and a variety of gas and steam-powered engines will be featured at the 31st Annual Dan Rion Memorial Antique Engine Jamboree and Powerfest at Hanford Mills ...Read more

Marlborough celebrates Labor Day with 63rd annual parade
Wicked Local Marlborough, September 1st

Rick MacWilliams of Northborough was on board an antique 1941 Ford fire truck, playing tuba with the New Liberty Jazz Band. "We love it," he said. "We do a lot of parades." The parade included about 175 different participants, from fife and drum...Read more

Annual antique fire muster is September 6
Milford Mirror, August 31st

Engine 260 will host the 43rd Annual Engine 260 Antique Fire Apparatus Show & Muster Saturday, Sept. 6, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Eisenhower Park on North Street. Firefighters, fire engines and firefighting enthusiasts typically number in the hundreds...Read more

Neighborly spirit and family commitment on display at Shelton's White Hills Fire
Shelton Herald, August 30th

fires and new techniques to retrieve firefighters from burning buildings. Older members have seen far-reaching advances in training and firefighting over the years. “My head is spinning,” Martinka said. ... and White Hills also has a rescue pumper...Read more

Woman, dogs escape fire in Mitchell
Alton Telegraph, August 28th

Firefighters move a hose line into place Thursday at 5429 Old Alton Rd. in Mitchell as flames shoot through the roof of the house which was gutted by the fire. A female occupant and her dogs were asleep in the house when the fire broke out but were...Read more

Parade parties a tradition in Richmond
New Baltimore Voice Newspapers, August 28th

Always active in his community, Schultz is currently the mayor pro tem for the city of Richmond, was a volunteer fireman for the city for 27 years, chairman of the festival for three years and still manages the Antique Fire Truck Muster event in the...Read more

Ocala's top scavengers revealed
Ocala, August 27th

This Antique Ward LaFrance fire truck marks the entrance to Fox Crossing Tavern, 10932 E. County Road 25, Belleview. 5. The 1958 Ward LaFrance fire truck is at Ocala Rescue Supply & Gifts at 9590 SW State Road 200, just northeast of County Road 484...Read more

Antique fire truck returns home to St. Charles Fire Department
KTTC, August 4th

The same fire truck was used back in the 1960s to promote the fire department as it was raising money for a new fire hall. That hall stands today and ironically enough the truck has returned as the department seeks funds for the next new fire hall...Read more