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Thursday, July 28, 2005

Antique Fire Fighting Equipment Reflects History of Pelham Manor

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In days of yore, fire fighting equipment in Pelham consisted of iron hoops with bars used to strike the hoop and summon bucket brigades from throughout the town. Times changed, of course. In the early 20th century, fire departments serving the various villages switched from horse-drawn equipment to automotive equipment.

The Village of Pelham Manor is lucky to have residents who have lovingly restored and maintain an antique fire engine reminiscent of the equipment used in the early 20th century. The next time the truck is on the streets, look closely and you will notice not only the old lanterns and wooden ladders, but also the leather fire helmets hung along the side of the truck.

Below are two images of the truck taken on Memorial Day 2005 shortly before the Memorial Day parade began.

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