Synopses & Reviews
A red-hot illustrated history of workhorse fire engines from the 1960s up through today. American LaFrance, Pierce, Mack, Emergency One, Grumman, FMC, Seagrave, and others are featured in action, at rest, and with descriptive details of their labor-intensive equipment. Each manufacturer features mini, midi, commercial and custom machines. Includes a brief overview of the early pumper days.
Ladder trucks may relish in all the glory of daring high-rise rescues, but it's their stout cousins, the pumpers, that labor in the trenches to execute the most critical of firefighting functions: moving water from the hydrant to the blaze. Author and ace on-scene photographer Larry Shapiro delivers this illustrated history of every fire company's workhorse. In addition to offering an overview of pumper evolution from 1950 to present, the book is bursting with archival imagery and Shapiro's trademark live-action photography capturing trucks built by such past and present manufacturers as American LaFrance, Pierce, Mack, Grumman, FMC, and others. Special detail photography helps readers understand how pumpers work.