Apparatus

Engines

 

Engine 835

Dedicated to the memory of

Chief John “Jack” Kelly

Chief, Vigilant Fire Company, 1957

  • 2000 American LaFrance
  • All stainless steel body constructed by RD Murray in Hamburg, NY
  • 148” Eagle series cab with seating for six
  • Detroit Diesel 55 series engine
  • 5 speed Allison transmission
  • 210” wheelbase
  • 2000gpm twin-flo American LaFrance two stage pump
  • 500 gallon water tank
  • 2,000 watts of scene lighting
  • 24’ extension ladder
  • 16’ roof ladder
  • “Little Giant” folding ladder

 

Hose carried on this engine includes:

  • 1,075’ of 5” supply line
  • 400’ of 3” supply line
  • 1100’ of 2.5” attack line
  • 100’ of 2” light weight attack line
  • 500’ of 1.75” attack line
  • Twin 250’ booster line reels

 

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Engine 8316

This truck is dedicated to the memory of

Chief Fred J. Pritchett

Chief, Vigilant Fire Company, 1951-1952

  • 1990 American LaFrance
  • “Century 2000” series cab with seating for six
  • Detroit Diesel 6-92T engine
  • 4 speed Allison transmission
  • 200” wheelbase
  • All stainless steel body
  • 1500gpm twin-flo American LaFrance two stage pump
  • 500 gallon water tank
  • 1,500 watts of scene lighting
  • 24’ extension ladder
  • 16’ roof ladder

 

Hose carried on this engine includes:

  • 1,075’ of 5” supply line
  • 400’ of 3” supply line
  • 1100’ of 2.5” attack line
  • 100’ of 2” light weight attack line
  • 700’ of 1.75” attack line
  • Twin 250’ booster line reels

 

Notable history:

8316 was the first due engine from 1990 to 2000.  

First Engine purchased by the Vigilant Fire Co. with a fully enclosed cab.

8316 is a favorite of many of our company chauffeurs for its easy driving and handling.  A sentimental favorite for many of the active members as it was the first due engine when they entered the fire company in the 1990’s. It’s the fire engine with which many of us fought our first fire and its been used primarily for training since it moved to second due in 2000.

 

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Engine 8314

Write up coming soon!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Mini-Pumper 837

  • 1985 Saulsbury GMC
  • Constructed in Tully, NY
  • 4 wheel drive
  • 6.2L GM diesel engine
  • Automatic transmission
  • Aluminum body
  • 750gpm Hale single stage pump
  • 250 gallon water tank
  • 8,000 lb. electric winch

 

Hose carried on this engine includes:

  • 800’ of 3” supply line
  • 300’ of 1.75” attack line
  • 125’ of 1.5” attack line
  • Single 275’ booster line reel

 

Notable history:

Contrary to popular belief 837 was constructed not primarily as a brush truck as many think, but instead was built with the primary use of fighting fires in the many parking garages we have in the Vigilant Fire district. It was built with a low profile in order to make the limited height requirements of all the above and below ground garages in Great Neck.

 

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Rescue

 

Rescue 834

Write up coming soon!                                                                                                                             

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Ladders

 

Aerial Ladder 8312

Dedicated to the memory of

Foreman Michael P. Meade

Foreman, Vigilant Fire Company, 1975-2006

Honorary Chief 2006

For 31 years, he was “The Man”

  • 2006 American LaFrance
  • Constructed in Ephrata, PA
  • 148” Low profile aluminum “Eagle” cab with seating for six.
  • 515HP Detroit Diesel 60 series engine
  • 6 speed Allison transmission
  • 238” wheelbase
  • All stainless steel body
  • 110’ all steel LTI ladder with replaceable tip
  • 1000gpm waterway with electronically controlled nozzle
  • 500 lb. tip load at full extension and 0 degree elevation
  • 12’ outrigger spread, can be “short jacked” to 10’ for one-sided operation
  • 20Kw Harrison generator with twin 250’ electric cable reels
  • 8,000 watts of scene lighting, fixed and portable

 

Some of the equipment carried on this truck includes:

 

  • Bullard T3 Thermal Imaging Camera
  • 2 Partner K950 Roof saws
  • Partner K650 forcible entry saw
  • 24 spare SCBA cylinders
  • Propane burn off kit
  • Portable generator
  • Liquid foam
  • Electric and Gasoline powered fans
  • Hazardous Materials response equipment
  • Stokes basket rescue basket

 

Notable history:

The Bell on the front bumper came off the truck it replaced, a 1976 American LaFrance ladder chief rear mount. The bell is engraved with the years of both trucks and “American LaFrance”.

This ladder was the first one built and sold by American LaFrance/LTI with the 12’ jack system and 500lb ladder.

Located under the front bumper is another item that came off the ladder truck which preceded it. A real four-trumpet diesel locomotive horn! Acquired years ago, it was mounted and piped into the previous truck’s air system to be fully functional. When it came time to replace the aging ladder there was never any question, the train horns would have to be moved to the new truck. Needless to say, the engineering staff at American LaFrance was a little confused as we tried to explain what we wanted mounted until it was shown to them. To date the American LaFrance factory has never seen anything else like it. Known to scare and confuse people who hear it coming up behind them, we have found it works far better then standard horns!

 

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Tower Ladder 8324

  • 2001 American LaFrance
  • Constructed in Ephrata, PA
  • “Eagle” series cab with seating for seven.
  • 500HP Detroit Diesel 60 series engine
  • 5 speed Allison transmission
  • 254” wheelbase
  • All stainless steel body
  • 93’ all steel LTI ladder
  • 1000 Lb capacity platform
  • 2000GPM water way with electrically controlled nozzle
  • 16’ outrigger spread, can be “short jacked” to 12’ for one sided operation
  • 10KW Harrison hydraulic PTO driven generator
  • 4,000 watts of scene lighting, both fixed and portable

 

Some of the equipment carried on this truck includes:

 

  • Thermal Image Camera
  • Roof saws
  • Forcible entry saw
  • Spare SCBA cylinders
  • Portable generator
  • Electric Fan
  • Stokes basket

 

Notable history:

Tower ladder 8324 is the first piece of fire apparatus that was not purchased new by the Vigilant Fire Company. It was leased new from American LaFrance by the Vorhees, NJ Fire Department. At the end of their 5 year lease, they turned in this truck to re-lease an identical 2007 model. The truck was then purchased in 2007 from American LaFrance by the Vigilant Fire Company to replace the recently sold 1992 Baker tower ladder 8322. It was repainted and gold leafed to match our fleet where it will serve the residents of Great Neck and the surrounding communities for many years to come.

 

 

 

 

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EMS

 

Ambulance 831

2007 Horton

Ford E450 series cab and chassis

All aluminum custom body 

On Spot automatic tire chains

300 watt FRC flood light on front of body

All Whelen LED lighting

Whelen Ultra Freedom lightbar

Whelen arrow stick on rear of Body

 

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Ambulance 832

2003 Horton

Ford E450 series cab and chassis

All aluminum custom body 

On Spot automatic tire chains

Whelen LED Body lighting

Code 3 MX-7000 light bar

 

 

 

 

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Ambulance 8311

1998 Horton 

Ford E450 series cab and chassis

All aluminum custom body 

On Spot automatic tire chains

Code 3 MX-7000 light bar

 

 

 

 

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Fly Car 8355

2002 GMC Yukon XL

Whelen  9M Strobe and L.E.D. Lightbar

Whelen “Serial” 2-wire control system

Both VHF and UHF mobile radios

Manik brush guard / push bar on front

 

The medic response vehicle, or “fly car” as it is more commonly known, is used by one of our EMT’s or Paramedics to respond directly to the scene of a medical emergency. This allows care to begin as soon as possible while waiting for the ambulance to arrive.

This vehicle is equipped with more extensive medical equipment then our chief’s carry in their vehicles due to the fact there is more space with no firefighting equipment on board. The medical equipment includes first aid, trauma and burn kits, oxygen, immobilization splints, a long spine board, a Kendrick extrication device and an AED. With this equipment most situations are able to be effectively and quickly handled while waiting for the ambulance to arrive. This allows the patient to be transported quicker, decreasing the time spent on the scene and the delay to more advanced care in the hospital.

 

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Antiques

 

Antique Engine 836

Engine 836

The pride of our fleet

 

1932 American LaFrance Metropolitan

Gasoline powered V12 “J” series engine

3 speed manual transmission

1000gpm American LaFrance pump

 

Notable history:

Originally purchased from American LaFrance, delivered, March of 1932, it was sold in 1964 to a fire company in Florida. Ex-Captain Edward Powers drove it down to Florida and rumor has it he received a speeding ticket on the way.

In 1978 ex-Chief Edward Jackson sought out Ed Powers’ widow in Florida to try and find it, in order to buy back for the 75th anniversary of the Vigilant Fire Company. After a search it was discovered that a private collector had purchased it. After some dealing, the fire engine was purchased and driven back home by Edward Currivan and Peter Jorgenson in 1980.

All of the equipment was taken off before it was sold in 1964. Upon its return it was found all the original mounting holes and brackets still lined up with the equipment that had been in storage. When it returned to Great Neck, it was repainted and appeared in the Nassau County Parade in Bayville during summer of 1981. The lights didn’t work at the time, so all of the Vigilant apparatus that appeared in the parade were ordered to turn off their lights so no one would notice.

836 has since been completely restored and cared for by the members and is a great sense of pride in the Vigilant Fire Company. It is now used for parades, antique shows and special events.

Over the years 836, has won numerous awards including the “Peterson award” from the prestigious “Automobile Club of America” and “Best in show” several times at the “Firehouse Magazine” show in Baltimore, MD.

 

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Antique Engine 833

Engine 833

Dedicated to the Memory of

Captain Harry J. Vogel

Captain,* Vigilant Fire Company, 1934

 

1952 Mack Model 95

Gasoline powered straight 8 engine

5 speed manual transmission

1000gpm two stage centrifugal pump

All original and unrestored condition

In service until 1979, now used at musters and antique shows

 

Notable history:

*In 1934 the Captain was the highest ranking officer, as there was no rank of Chief.  The dedication plaque on the apparatus reads “Harry Vogel Chief” to symbolize he was the leader of the department at the time, but in fact his rank was Captain.

In the early 1980’s, 833 was involved in a collision with a car that sideswiped the rear corner. Several members, who were riding the side and rear step, was common in those days, were injured. Luckily no one was killed and all made a full recovery. The damage was repaired but a keen eye can see the rear fenders are not identical.

One of our senior members related a story about 833 was during the winter time, there was always a snow shovel left in the cab. When returning from a call the chauffer would stop the truck short of backing in the building and shovel out any snow that had accumulated inside the open cab.

833 is still fully functional and pumps water from a draft when taken to musters and shows.

 

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Retired Fleet

 

Retired Engines

1970 American La France Engine 835

1964 American La France Engine 836

1960 Mack Engine 837

1952 Mack Model 95 1000 GPM Pumper

 

Retired Ladders

1992 F.W.D. Baker Tower Ladder 8322

1976 American La France Ladder 8312

1967 85’ Pittman Snorkel

1939 American La France Ladder 832

 

Retired Rescue

Coming Soon!

 

Retired Ambulances

Coming Soon!