100 Years of American Lafrance: An Illustrated History
A practical manual written with the home restorer in mind. Well illustrated and with clear instructions, this manual guides the amateur through dismantling, cleaning, repair, and rebuilding.
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Aerial Fire Trucks
This book is an illustrated, historical look at aerialsfire trucks that elevate water and firefighters via hydraulic platforms and ladders at a fire scene. Inside is a comprehensive look at all manufacturers of aerials, including American LaFrance, Pierce, Emergency One, LTI, Grumman, FMC, Seagrave, Mack, Pirsch, Snorkel, Hahn, Maxim, KME, Sutphen, Smeal, Aerial Innovations, Baker, Grove, Hi-Ranger, Cavalar, and Simon. Chapters focus on the different types of aerials, including rear-mounts, mid-mounts, tractor-drawn (tillers), towers, articulating booms, and others. Text and captions give the reader a brief overview of early aerials, then concentrates on the trucks in use today.
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Ahrens-Fox Fire Apparatus Photo Archive
Of all the companies that built motor fire apparatus in America in the 20th century, none has acquired the cult-like devotion accorded the truly distinctive products of the Ahrens-Fox Fire Engine Company of Cincinnati, Ohio. With its front-mounted pump surmounted by a gleaming spherical air chamber, the Ahrens-Fox piston pumper projects irresistible aesthetic and mechanical appeal. Fire apparatus aficionados and collectors have all but elevated the classic Ahrens-Fox piston pumper to a firefighting deity. In this special collection, well-known fire apparatus historian Walt McCall has carefully selected the best of the best - including a gallery of 30 classic Ahrens-Fox fire engines in glorious color.
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Ambulance: A History
Over several centuries the ambulance has evolved from horse-drawn wagons designed to remove wounded soldiers from the battlefield into high-speed emergency rooms on wheels, staffed by skilled professionals. This thorough history follows the ambulance through every phase, focusing not just on the vehicles but on their role within the developing medical systems they served, as well as the political, social and economic influences that have shaped their advancement. Topics include the critical role of police ambulances in the development of the first emergency medical services, the history of the ambulance intern, breakthroughs in ambulance design and function from the horse-drawn days to the present, notable women in ambulance development, and a fresh look at the first organized paramedic services. More than 275 photographs and other illustrations accompany the text.
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American Ambulance: 1900-2002
Walt McCall follows up his successful Classic American Ambulances 1900-1979 Photo Archive with a new and expanded title that fills in a heretofore missing chapter in American emergency vehicle history. This book chronicles in words and photos the evolution of the emergency ambulance in America over the past 100 years. From the slow jouncing horse-drawn vehicles in use at the turn of the last century to the fleet electronics-laden advanced life support units on the streets and highways of today - you'll find it all here. A fascinating story that is long overdue. The book is divided into chapters illustrating ambulances by decade. Each chapter begins with 2 to 4 pages of text describing major innovations and improvements introduced during the decade.
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American LaFrance 400 Series Photo Archive
In 1934, at the depths of the Great Depression, the American-LaFrance-Foamite Corporation of Elmira, New York, designed and placed into production an uncommonly handsome new big-city fire engine. Powered by the company's industry-leading V-12 engine, the 400 Series Metropolitan had its high-capacity pump mounted in the truck's cowl ahead of the driver instead of in the usual midship location under the driver's seat. With its long, gracefully tapered hood, skirted fenders, classically-proportioned gabled radiator and oversized wheels, the big 400 was a triumph of industrial design - an eye-pleasing blend of form and function, and the industry's first truly styled fire engine. This authoritative, thoroughly-researched and richly illustrated book documents the big 400's relatively short, but spectacular, production life. This long-overdue, eagerly anticipated compendium is the only book ever published devoted exclusively to this revered American firefighting classic.
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American LaFrance 500/600 Series Photo Archive
The 1930s was the decade of style - an era of streamlining and bold, futuristic art deco design that influenced the look of everything from jewelry, furniture and skyscrapers to locomotives, ships and automobiles. Fire engines were no exception, and American LaFrance's ultra-streamlined 500 Series fire apparatus with its dramatically clean styling suddenly made everything else look old-fashioned. This authoritative, superbly researched and lavishly illustrated book documents the American-LaFrance 500 and 600 Series' remarkable nine-year production run from the late 1930s through post WWII. In addition to the big 500/600 Series, the book also covers the lesser known "junior edition" B-500 and B-600 Series. Long overdue, this exciting compendium is the only book ever devoted exclusively to this controversial series and completes another fascinating chapter in American-LaFrance history.
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American LaFrance 700 & 800 Series 1953-1958 Photo Archive
From the late 1940s through the 1950s, American LaFrance was by far the most popular fire truck manufacturer in the U.S. This collection chronicles the most intricate changes the manufacturer made to its revolutionary 700 Series in developing the short-lived 800 Series. Archival photographs are suplemented with articles from Americans LaFrance's corporate magazine and sales literature, as well as features that appeared in Popular Mechanics.
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American LaFrance 700 Series 1945-1952 Photo Archive
From the late 1940s through the 1950s, American LaFrance was by far the most popular fire truck manufacturer in the U.S. One reason for their success was the 700 Series, a revolutionary departure from previous fire trucks in that it introduced the now-standard cab-over-engine design. This photo archive features a collection of period photographs that trace the evolution of the 700 Series. Each photograph is accompanied by a detailed caption describing the truck shown.
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American LaFrance 700 Series 1945-1952 Photo Archive (Volume 2)
Fire apparatus enthusiasts raved about the first American LaFrance 700 Series Photo Archive. Now acclaimed American LaFrance author, Larry Phillips has compiled even more exquisite photographs along with company advertising materials to offer another look at this classic American fire truck. See superb, rare photographs that have never before been published, such as photos from the Larry Zotti Museum Collection of 700 Series rigs in various stages of production on the original Elmira, NY assembly lines. Also included are a number of never before published photographs of early 700 Series private industrial rigs from the Leo E. Duliba Collection. And don't miss the rare photographs of Grand Rapids, Michigan's tandem back-end 700 Series ladder truck. Fire apparatus enthusiasts will applaud this second in-depth look at the American LaFrance 700 Series.
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American LaFrance 900 Series 1958-1964 Photo Archive
A close-up look at a popular American classic continues the fascinating story of American LaFrance with the conception and production of the 900 Series fire apparatus. Exquisite photographs are accompanied with informative captions and take readers through the life of the 900 Series. Historical articles and LaFrance sales brochures give a glimpse of the culture and marketing efforts of the time. Fire apparatus enthusiasts will love the clear photographs, multiple views and detailed descriptions.
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American Police Motorcycles
American police motorcycles built between the early 1900s and the 1980s are featured in this tribute, as historical and archival photographs -- along with firsthand anecdotes -- tell the story of these two-wheeled workhorses. Lovell includes Harley-Davidsons, Indians, and lesser-known manufacturers such as Pope and Ace. With the cooperation of motorcycle police associations around the country, the author includes numerous firsthand accounts by retired motorcycle officers who rode some of the featured models. Ponch and Jon of "CHiPs" would be all smiles after reading this book.
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Big City Fire Trucks: 1900-1950 (Volume 1)
Call out the monster trucks, exotic equipment and unique apparatus of professional departments. Donald F. Wood and Wayne Sorensen include year of manufacture, make of truck chassis, commercial outfitter and equipment for each listing.
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Big City Fire Trucks: 1951-1996 (Volume 2)
Sound the alarm because America's fire fighting machines are coming through! Volume II of Big City Fire Trucks presents hundreds of trucks and their specialized equipment in 500 original black and white and full-color photos. Identifying captions include year of manufacture, chassis make, commercial outfitter, and accessories for easy identification of these firefighting pioneers.
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Classic Seagrave: 1935-1951 Photo Archive
Fire apparatus aficionados Walt McCall and Matt Lee, have assembled these beautiful photographs to illustrate the wide range of body designs used on the classic Seagrave chassis. See all kinds of Classic Seagraves, ranging from wide-open doorless cab models with sporty one-piece fold-down windshields, to radically streamlined completely enclosed Safety Sedan bodies. This design was utilized for virtually every type of fire apparatus - pumping engines, aerial ladder trucks of both the straight frame and articulated tractor trailer type, city service ladder trucks, quadruple and quintuple combinations, and special units like rescue squad trucks and hose trucks. The classic Seagrave is timeless. Its distinctive waterfall grille is widely regarded as a high mark in the 20th Century American fire engine builder's unique art. If you're a fire apparatus enthusiast, you'll want to add this book to your collection.
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Crown Coach Corp.: School Buses, Fire Trucks and Custom Coaches
Donald Martin Brockway founded the Crown Carriage Company in 1904, the same year that Henry Ford started Ford. With no engineering department at this time, Brockway would draw the outlines of the vehicles in the dirt on the production floor as they were conceived. This informative story of Crown's various endeavors from 1900s horse-drawn wagons through early 1990s alternative fueled buses is chronicled here and highlighted with vintage photographs and factory memorabilia including advertising items, coach emblems, and production statistics. Not left out are custom built coaches like Lockheed's mobile missile tacking station, Art Linkletter mobile video coaches, and the first air conditioned tour coach in Hawaii. The company built one of the largest fleets of fire trucks in the nation for the Los Angeles City and County fire departments and other agencies, and sent high quality custom built vehicles as far away as places like Juneau, Alaska, South America and the Middle East.
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Crown Firecoach: 1951-1985 Photo Archive
Follow the history of Crown Firecoach from its beginnings in 1951 until the company ceased building fire trucks in 1983. One of the pioneers of cab forward rigs, Crown's fire apparatus had a very distinctive appearance that collectors and restorers appreciate today. Large format photographs show a representative cross section of the full line of Crown, including pumpers, rear mount and tractor drawn aerials, snorkels, brush rigs and tractor transports. While Crown rigs were sold primarily in Southern California, with LA city being the company's largest customer, Fire Enthusiasts everywhere will want to own this important piece of fire apparatus history.
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Die Berliner Feuerwehr: Von den Anfängen bis zur Gegenwart
This is a German-language text. This book contains information on: • The pre-fire-fighting time in Berlin • Foundation of the Berlin fire brigade • Probation of the first German professional fire brigade • The fire-fighting train formation • Motorization of the fire brigades in and around Berlin • Berlin fire brigade under National Socialist dictatorship • The Terror of the Second World War • The split of Berlin • Reconstruction and consolidation • Unification of urban rescue services • Expansion of fire protection and rescue service • The VEHICLES of the Berlin fire brigade
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Dodge, Plymouth & Chrysler Police Cars, 1979-1994
Dodge, Plymouth & Chrysler Police Cars 1979-1994 Edwin J. Sanow & John L. Bellah with Galen GovierA comprehensive history of the modern eras Chrysler police cars, featuring the Dodge St. Regis, Chrysler Newport, Dodge Diplomat, K-cars Dodge Aries K and Plymouth Reliant K, Jeep Cherokee and Dodge Intrepid. Filled with experiences of the California Highway Patrol (CHP) and the Michigan State Police, the nations premier patrols from the late 7s to today. Find out exactly which options were available and how your car fared in performance tests.
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Elevating Platforms: A Fire Apparatus Photo Gallery
Cherry-pickers were a good way for firemen to get to places that traditional aerial ladders weren't able to reach. This led to the revolutionary elevating platform, or "Snorkel", as they were referred to by many firemen. They have served many departments large and small across North America over the last 45 years. At the height of their popularity they were seen on the front covers of newspapers across the country bringing major fires under control and rescuing people. Elevating platforms, with their articulating booms and large area platforms, offer firemen the flexibility to be positioned in places that would otherwise be impossible to reach. They can deliver a 1000 gallons of water per minute through a master stream to the seat of the fire or quickly rescue victims from upper floors. A concise history of each company that built elevated platorms is provided along with a photographic timeline of the various rigs they were built on. This book features such companies as the Pitman Snorkel, American Lafrance Aero-Chief, Hi-Ranger, Calavar, and Bronto Skylifts. It also covers a few remaining companies that each built only a small number of elevating platforms. This book documents their beginnings in 1958 up to the impressive articulating platforms of today.
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Encyclopedia of Canadian Fire Apparatus
A complete encyclopedia of every Canadian Fire Apparatus Company of the 20th century. Each company is listed alphabetically and its apparatus is documented in text and high quality photographs. There have been over 20,000 pieces of fire apparatus built in Canada, and every manufacturer is documented here. Includes Allain, Almonte, Amertek, Anderson, Bickle and Bickle Seagrave, Carl Thibault, Ft. Garry, Hub, King and King Seagrave, LaFleur, LaFrance, Marsh, Maxi Metal, Metalfab, Phoenix, Pierreville, Superior, Thibault, Tibotrac, Waltek and more. An essential reference tool for every fire apparatus buff and historian.
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Fire Trucks of the 1950s
American motor fire apparatus design reached its high-water mark in the 1950s. Every one of the nation's major fire apparatus manufacturers boasted uniquely individual custom fire truck designs. Unlike the look-alike cookie-cutter shoeboxes of today, back then a fire fighter could instantly identify these makes a block away. From conventional Fords to the custom rigs of fire apparatus manufacturers, all the most popular, unique, and industry-changing designs and innovations are featured in this long-overdue tribute to the fire trucks of the Fabulous Fifties!
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Fire Trucks of the 1960s and 1970s: An Illustrated History
During the 1960s and 1970s, the fire apparatus industry saw unprecedented revolution, innovation, and parity. The long admired conventional models gave way to the contemporary archetypes that are the genesis of today's fire trucks. Just as disco and the lava lamp became all the societal rage, the fire service saw its own fads and trends. A new generation of aggressive fire apparatus manufacturers led by Pierce and Emergency-One began to overtake their forefathers and the pool of builders producing high quality apparatus in numbers became considerably more populated. This volume highlights the fire trucks of the Swinging Sixties and the Groovy Seventies!
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Firefighters (Enthusiast Color Series)
After the September 11 tragedy, America's interest in firefighters soared. Firefighters covers modern-day firefighters, their equipment, vehicles, clothing, and training as well as the different jobs/duties of firefighters. This book gives a broad overview and is great for the general reader as well as the fire enthusiast.
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Ford Fire Trucks
Fire trucks of all types built on the famous Model T, the long standing F-Series, the venerable C-Series, the honorary Louisville-Line, and other miscellaneous Ford models have prolifically and efficiently served towns small and big alike since the advent of motorization. This chronicle pays homage to the contributions this automotive legend has made to the fire service with a brilliant display of classic rigs and modern machines, with representatives from over 150 fire apparatus manufacturers.
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FWD Fire Trucks 1914-1963 Photo Archive
Long recognized for the production of specialized vehicles for use by highway departments, utility companies, construction firms, and the oil industry, The Four Wheel Drive Auto Company also established an enviable reputation for the manufacture of fire apparatus. Manufacturers of four-wheel-drive vehicles since 1910, FWD built its first fire truck in 1914, continuing production into the 1970s. All of the vehicles produced by FWD relied on the design principles first developed in 1907 and patented in 1908. Combining high quality black and white photos with in-depth captions, this book presents an in-depth history of FWD's fire trucks up to the time FWD acquired Seagrave. Includes many never before published photographs from the FWD/Seagrave Fire Apparatus, LLC Archives.
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Grumman Fire Apparatus: 1976-1992 Photo Archive
Grumman Allied Industries acquired Howe Fire Apparatus in 1976. The Grumman Emergency Products division built on the foundation laid by the legendary Howe and Oren names and soon became one of the largest and most well-known producers of fire apparatuses in the United States. Grumman introduced innovation and space-age technology to the fire apparatus industry in the short span of just 16 years. This book highlights the wide range of pumpers, tankers, and aerials built by Grumman on commercial and custom chassis with model names such as the Minicat, Attackcat, Wildcat, Firecat, Aerialcat, and Panther.
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Illustrated Encyclopedia of American Fire Engine Manufacturers
Walt McCall's out of print and outdated book, American Fire Apparatus Since 1900 in the Crestline Series, has been referred to as the "Bible" and is the number one reference source recommended by fire apparatus enthusiasts. The old book was arranged by year and required a lot of reading and searching to research individual companies and their fire trucks. Well, now the new "Bible," is here! From Abbott & Downing to Zwak, this comprehensive volume combines company histories, innovations and hundreds of photographs to present the story of American fire engine manufacturing.
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Illustrated Encyclopedia of American Fire Engine Manufacturers
Walt McCall's out of print and outdated book, American Fire Apparatus Since 1900 in the Crestline Series, has been referred to as the "Bible" and is the number one reference source recommended by fire apparatus enthusiasts. The old book was arranged by year and required a lot of reading and searching to research individual companies and their fire trucks. Well, now the new "Bible," is here! From Abbott & Downing to Zwak, this comprehensive volume combines company histories, innovations and hundreds of photographs to present the story of American fire engine manufacturing.
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Imperial Fire Apparatus: 1969-1976 Photo Archive
Imperial was a unique fire apparatus company in that within its first 2 years in existence it manufactured, sold and delivered a complete line of fire apparatus. View the complete line including brush trucks, mini-pumpers, pumpers (both custom and commercial), tankers, snorkels and aerial ladders. Informative text and captions include a brief company history, as well as, delivery schedules and cost where available.
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Mack Fire Trucks: 1911-2005
While famous for their trucks, Mack Truck also built many fire trucks, holding a prominent position as a fire apparatus manufacturer for over 80 years. This history, combined with high-quality images of the trucks, tells the complete story of the Mack fire truck line-up. All models are covered with images from the archives of Mack, including a color section. Many books about Mack Trucks have been written, but this is the only book available that focuses on the full line-up of Mack's durable fire trucks. An essential reference for both Mack Truck enthusiasts and fire apparatus enthusiasts.
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Mack Model B Fire Trucks, 1954-1966 Photo Archive
Mack's most popular truck, the Model B, equipped with fire fighting apparatus. The rugged good looks of the B, with its gleaming chrome radiator shell, and its dependable performance made the Model B Fire Truck a popular choice of fire departments. Featured are B-Series pumpers and aerial units with open, semi-open, coupe, deluxe, and sedan.
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Maxim Fire Apparatus Photo History
The complete history of the Maxim Motor Company, from its humble beginnings as a family owned business, through its heyday and subsequent decline. Maxim produced highly regarded fire apparatus and very early on established the Maxim ladder as one of the best available. WWII era trucks, motorcycle-pumpers, unfinished trucks, one-of-a-kinds, and many other previously unpublished photos are documented in detail by the author. Every Maxim fire apparatus buff will enjoy this book.
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Maxim Fire Apparatus: 1914-1989 Photo Archive
Follow the development of Maxim Motor Company's fire apparatus from the company's beginning in 1914, through numerous ownership changes and financial crises, up to its final days in the late 1980s. Although many of the company records were lost or destroyed, through meticulous research the author has filled in the details of the rigs shown. Carefully selected photographs create a magnificent photographic history of Maxim's fire apparatus that will appeal to all fire apparatus enthusiasts. Beginning with the first three Maxim apparatus built in 1914, included photos show commercial chassis and conventional chassis, pumpers, aerials, brush trucks, rescues and tankers. Also included are some of the unusual and one-of-a-kind rigs.
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Miller-Meteor: The Complete Illustrated History
Miller-Meteor is really the story of three companies - the A.J. Miller Company, the Meteor Motor Car Company, and Wayne Works. The only definitive book ever published on Miller-Meteor and its illustrious corporate predecessors, this tome is a multi-faceted history of three fiercely independent, yet interwoven, companies, the unique segment of the motor industry in which they were involved, their charismatic leaders and, most of all, their unique products. This volume showcases hundreds of never-before published original factory photographs.
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Miniature Emergency Vehicles
Fire boats and trucks, police cars, airport rescue vans, helicopters, and specialized equipment for emergency care are shown here in brightly coloured miniature toys of amazing variety. Each vehicle is shown in colour photos and identified by maker, date, size, and purpose. You can learn a lot by studying this equipment, even in miniature. Collect them all.
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Modern Fire Trucks: An Illustrated History
The roles of today's fire service have expanded to include Emergency Medical Services, Hazardous Materials, Urban Search & Rescue, and Wildland. These modern disciplines required a new breed of specialty apparatus and even the classic fire truck has transformed into multi-purpose rescue-pumpers, pumper-tankers, and an array of aerial trucks. An industry long dominated by legendary names is led by a new generation that includes Pierce, KME, E-One, Rosenbauer, Ferrara, and many others. This volume highlights fire trucks from 1980 to present, the culmination of the 20th Century into a new Millennium.
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Navy & Marine Corps Fire Apparatus: 1836-2000 Photo Gallery
This exciting look at U.S. Navy and Marine Corps fire apparatus illustrates and explains the firefighting equipment used at shore installations worldwide from the turn of the century to present. Rare and fascinating photographs depict everything from horse-drawn vehicles and early-motorized fire trucks to structural pumpers, aerial ladders, water tankers, brush trucks, gas turbine powered pumps, remote controlled robots, and more. All major U.S. and overseas manufacturers are represented, including: American LaFrance, Darley, Fire Trucks Incorporated, FWD, General, Global, KME, Mack, Maxim, Peter Pirsch, Pierce, Seagrave, Ward LaFrance, and more.
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New York City Fire Trucks
Take a ride with the New York Fire Department through a pictorial history, from the first horse-drawn pumpers to the newest ladder trucks. Over 400 photographs of NYC's firefighting trucks are organised chronologically, accompanied by insightful commentary about the trucks, equipment, and the times. Descriptive photo captions provide specifications and other technical information. A special photograph section pays tribute to the equipment used and lost in the World Trade Center disaster of 11 September.
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