1855 Merriweather Manual Pump
1855 Merriweather Manual Pump from La Serana, Chile
1926 Chevrolet
1926 Chevrolet in front of Villarica Volcano in southern Chile
1857 Button and Blake
1857 Button and Blake Manual Pump at American LaFrance Museum
At the foot of the cross
1930s truck in front of church in Montana
1920 American LaFrance
1920 American LaFrance Type 40 Combination in South Carolina

Fire Truck World.com

  Fire Truck World’s Photo Gallery includes multiple images of nearly a thousand vintage fire trucks from around the world. The "Fire Gallery" also includes firehouses, museums, warehouses, and "out of service" roadside vehicles. Fire-related postage stamps, artwork, vintage photographs, and a wide range of firefighting apparatus images are also featured.


  This collection began on a 10-year, 150,000-mile bicycle journey in the mid-1980s. With so many firehouses safeguarding vintage fire apparatus and local and national fire museums, the collection quickly grew. 

  The red "You are here" box located near the top of all Gallery pages can be used for easy navigation. Each item in that box is a "Back" link.

Firefighting History and Much More

Black and white image of a small two truck fire station in Chile with a vintage fire truck parked in front

Fire Stations

Image of a wooden wheel from a vintage manual pumper in South America

Wheels of Fire

A wooden steering wheel image of a vintage 1919 Stutz fire truck

Steering Wheels

Image of fire chief's old leather helmet from the 19th century.

Fire Helmets

Vintage firefighting photographs hanging in firehouses and fire museums around the world.

Vintage Photographs

1947 Republic of Panama postage stamp with three fireman pulling a leather fire hose cart.

Postage Stamps

19th century cast iron fire insurance mark from the Baltimore fire museum.

Fire Insurance Marks

Artist sketch of three horses pulling a steam fire engine racing to a fire.

Fire-fighting Artwork

Collection of vintage and modern international fire hydrants photographs

Fire Hydrants

Old portable fire extinguishers using acid and chemicals to extinguish fires.

Fire Extinguishers

Three centuries of fire alarms and alarm boxes strategically placed around cities.

Fire Alarms

Images of historical fire alarm control rooms and panels from the past three centuries.

The Control Room

Selective histories of Global firefighting and firefighters, both fact and legend.

Fire History

The small scale working models required when applying for a fire patent in the 18th and 19th centuries.

Fire Patent Models

Collection of toy fire trucks and miscellaneous fire-fighting images.

Toys & Miscellaneous

Fire boat pumping out giant streams of water to extinguish a fire at sea.

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A Parade of Fire Apparatus

Fire Truck World

Photo of 1887 Magirus Ladder Truck located in Concepcion, Chile
Initiated on a 10-year, 150,000-mile worldwide mountain bicycle journey, Fire Truck World is the continuing work of travel photographer Millard Farmer. While traveling through foreign countries and keeping an eye out for fire stations, firefighters were a great source of information: getting directions, finding cheap hotels, the best restaurants, local attractions, and of course a chance to fill up water bottles and take a break from the sun. These frequent stops also provided an opportunity for friendship, learning about fire equipment, and photographing the retired apparatus often stored behind the station's sacred walls.

Often, fire stations maintained small fire museums and displays featuring historical equipment that was no longer in service. With its colorful, and sometimes tragic history, this apparatus was the very soul of the station. Soon after hearing several stories and legends, and witnessing the pride in those telling them, Fire Truck World was born.
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