Today, we go back in time to 1954 and beyond, as we look back at HVFD's 1954 American LaFrance Aerial Truck! The 1954 American LaFrance 75' Mid-mount Aerial Truck served in Hamburg until 1975. The 1954 ALF was initially an open cab with a pumping capability of 750 gallons per minute. After being involved in a collision in 1967, the open front cab was replaced with a canopy style cab. The 1954 ALF was sold to the Bellevue Volunteer Fire Department in 1975, where it served many more active years, with a yellow paint job! Pictured are a number of action shot, inspection photos, and even the 1953 specification sheet for the new truck! ... See MoreSee Less
Featured today in our “Ladder Truck Blast From the Past” is our 1975 American LaFrance 100’ Rear-Mount Aerial Truck. The Truck had a canopy cab, meaning it had no rear doors, which limited the amount of spots for firemen to be seated in, especially when compared to modern apparatus. The 100’ straight-stick ladder did not have a bucket on the end, meaning crews had to operate and control master streams while standing on the ladder. The Truck had a pumping capacity of 1500 gallons per minute. The American LaFrance served the Hamburg community until 1992. It was then sold to the Springville Volunteer Fire Department where it served as an active piece of equipment many more years. ... See MoreSee Less
As we prepare for the arrival of our new Aerial Truck, we will be sharing some photos and history of HVFD's previous Ladder Truck's. We will start with our most recent and work our way backwards, so without further ado, our 1992 Sutphen TS-100 100' Mid-Mount Aerial.
The 1992 Sutphen served the Hamburg community for nearly 30 years. It had an enclosed cab that could fit 7 firefighters (although the back could get cramped). It had a 100 foot ladder built of 4 aluminum sections, and flowed water via the Hale 1500 gallon per minute pump with a 300 gallon tank. Water could be pumped up the waterway to the bucket, which had two high flow nozzles. The truck contained various other tools of the truck company trade. The 1992 Sutphen was sold to a private buyer outside of Utica, NY in May of 2021. ... See MoreSee Less
Last week was bitter sweet for the members of the Hamburg Volunteer Fire Department, as our Ladder Truck 6 was sold to a private buyer. We watched our 1992 Sutphen Ladder Truck depart Hamburg for the final time as we make room for our new ladder truck that is scheduled to arrive this month.
This video was taken with our newest piece of equipment in our Unmaned Aerial System. ... See MoreSee Less
Our Hamburg program visited some real community heroes this week at Hamburg Volunteer Fire Department. Thank you for all you do and for the wonderful tour! Our groups really enjoyed meeting all of you and learning some of the amazing history of the department! ... See MoreSee Less
Hamburg fire department is the best! I went there with individuals from a school (pre covid) and they were so nice and accommodating to our group. Glad more individuals get to experience and enjoy thanks to Hamburg !