Tucked away on the west side of the small town of Broad Channel in the middle of Jamiaca Bay is a narrow, dead end, street that goes by the name of West 12th Road. Those of us who live there know that the nice part about living in a small town is that when you are not quite sure what is going on, someone else always does!
[Peter J. Mahon West 12th Road, Broad Channel]
Fire Engine For Sale. This American LaFrance fire truck which served the Broad Channel Volunteer Fire Department is now for sale by owner on Craig’s List.If you have $10,000 and a large garage, you could own a genuine piece of Broad Channel history.
The Broad Channel Volunteer Fire Department (BCVFD) reported that their former Engine 201 was recently spotted on Craig’s List. The American LaFrance fire truck saw service with the BCVFD between 1994 and 2006. Previous to that it operated as FDNY Engine 220.
Built in 1981, the big red vehicle runs on diesel and features an automatic transmission. Listed as “restored and ready to go,” it is now for sale by owner inGarden City Park.
The origins of the American LaFrance Fire Engine Company, BCVFD one of the the oldest fire apparatus manufacturers in America, date back to around 1832. The original company
Photo built hand-drawn, horsedrawn, and steam-powered fire engines.
A century ago hand drawn equipment was often favored by the Broad Channel volunteer fire company and those in the Rockaways due to the lack of roads and sandy terrain they often had to get over.
The BCVFD formed in 1905. Its current firehouse on Noel Road dates to 1908.
American LaFrance initiated a number of firsts throughout its history. They produced the first successful motor fire apparatus in 1910, the industry’s first V-12 engine in 1931 and more. Their demonstrator models offer bore the letters AFD, standing for ‘Anytown Fire Department’, on their doors.
Its corporate offices were in Elmira, N.Y., and the company facilities here and in other parts of the country.
Sadly, after filing for bankruptcy in 2008, American LaFrance closed its last plant and ceased operations in January, 2014. Many of its vehicles however are still in operation around the country.
In fact, as the BCVFD posting points out, there is one just waiting for a new owner.