Description

  • Purchased new by Reno Fire Department.
  • In service until the early 1950s.
  • A mixture of water and bicarbonate of soda was stored in the tanks and mixed with sulphuric acid to create carbon dioxide gas, which pressurized the tank to discharge the water and extinguish the fire.

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Story

The American LaFrance Fire Engine Company, Inc. was established in 1903 through the acquisition of a group of smaller companies.  Two of these companies, American Fire Engine Company of Seneca Falls, New York, and the LaFrance Fire Engine Company of Elmira, New York, combined to produce fire apparatus, extinguishers and other related supplies.

Early experiments were made trying to develop either a steam or gasoline engine for motive power.  The company purchased a specially designed 4-cylinder Simplex engine for use in a chemical and hose wagon.  By the end of 1911, however, the American LaFrance Fire Engine Company, Inc. had developed its own designs for 4- and 6-cylinder engines.

A mixture of water and bicarbonate of soda was stored in the tanks and mixed with sulphuric acid to create carbon dioxide gas which pressurizes the tank to discharge the water and extinguish the fire.

In 1917, the Reno Fire Department custom ordered this fire engine from the American LaFrance Fire Engine Company, Inc.  It was delivered in October 1917 and was used by the Reno Fire Department until the early 1950s.  

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