The first fire engines in the U.S., called hand pumpers, were shipped to New York from England in the 1700s. Water was pumped from the tub by volunteers working long, parallel handles on the truck. American manufacturers produced similar hand pumpers until the early 1800s, when the steam pumper was developed, which supplied a continuous stream of water more effectively.

The earliest fire trucks were hand pulled to the scene, but by the mid-1800s, horses were used to draw the steam pumpers and running boards, and back steps were added to the vehicle. In 1906, the Radnor Fire Company in Wayne, PA began offering a pumper with two gasoline motors, bringing fire trucks into the modern age.

If you're interested in collecting vintage fire trucks or apparatus, some of the manufacturer names you'll want to explore include Waterous, Ahrens-Fox, Dedrick, Mack Trucks, Peter Pirsch and Sons, American LaFrance, New Stutz Fire Engine Company, Seagrave, Sutphen, Babcock, Snorkel, Spartan Chassis, Inc. and Emergency One. You may also want to consider starting with vintage model fire trucks, which take up considerably less space!

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Duncan Christmas Parade to be a Dickens affair
Duncan Banner, November 28th

Santa Claus will be the parade caboose atop a Duncan Fire Truck. Parade entries in-between will vary from antique tractors, classic cars and decorated floats. MSD also asks no one pretend to be Santa because he is already in the parade. Registration is...Read more

Santa, elves skydive into Shenandoah to open holiday season
Republican & Herald, November 27th

Santa then hopped on the Polish American Fire Company's antique fire truck for a parade through the borough. “It is exciting for the kids,” Lee Ann Smulligan, Saint Clair, said. “It is a great way to start off the Christmas season.” Smulligan said her...Read more

Operation Santa Claus is 'Charity of Choice'for Plymouth Hometown Holiday ...
The Laconia Daily Sun, November 27th

Before the Holiday Parade on Saturday Dec 5 an antique fire truck with at big Toys for Tots banner will be parked on the common to collect donations of new unwrapped toys for children 12 and under. The following day, December 6, firefighters will be...Read more

Quincy's 3-day Christmas holiday bash starts Friday
The Patriot Ledger, November 27th

The highlight is the 63rd annual Christmas parade, which begins at 12:30 p.m. Sunday and will feature 100 groups, with floats, marching bands, antique cars and Santa, who rides on a fire truck. The parade starts in Quincy Center at Hannon Parkway and ...Read more

Clsoer than the North Pole
The Edwardsville Intelligencer, November 27th

Volo Antique Malls' Open House: November 27-29 at the Volo Antique & Merchandise Malls in Volo. 15% off most items. Holiday treats and gift card drawings daily. ... Santa arrives by fire truck. Then help Santa light up the trees that have transformed...Read more

Community Extra: Calendar, Nov. 27-Dec. 5, 2015
HeraldNet, November 27th

Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive by fire truck by 2 p.m. after cruising local neighborhoods. Crafts, games, free Santa photos, live music, raffles, free antique tractor-trailer rides, and snow. More info: .... 5:30-8 p.m. Saturdays and...Read more

Extra officers to join Nashua Holiday Stroll
The Union Leader, November 26th

Santa Claus will join the mayor in an antique fire truck to lead the procession from Nashua City Hall to the Hunt Memorial Building, where the city's Christmas tree will be lit. The procession, also led by the Spartans Drum and Bugle Corp, will begin...Read more

Philomath's Christmas tree to light up community on Dec. 1
Corvallis Gazette Times, November 26th

Santa Claus plans to arrive with the help of Philomath Fire & Rescue, making his entrance on the fire department's 1929 antique fire truck. He'll be accompanied by Philomath Frolic and Rodeo queen Rachel Cihak. Besides the museum and the chamber, ...Read more