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Henrico Firefighters Battle House Fire; Several Patients Injured This patch belongs to Botetourt County Fire Department, located in Botetourt County, VA.
EUGENE WEBER JR.
Buckboard Fire Apparatus ON THE BOOK SHELF
by John Malecky
Buckboard Fire Apparatus The Original Cab Forward By Anthony G. Buono Available from: FSP Books & Videos 188 Central Street Hudson, MA 01749-1330 1-800-522-8528 E-Mail: support @fire-police-ems.com www.fire-police-ems.com Price: $29.99 This book is soft cover, measuring 8 ½ inches by 11 inches and has 243 pages. The author did a fantastic job of research to put this history together. Though I am an apparatus buff so to speak, I am not very learned in antiques, but I was very impressed in reading this book. What I did not know is that the term “buckboard” was never used to describe any fire apparatus when these particular trucks were being built. The name was coined by Walter P. McCall, who in the opinion of many (including myself), is a famous historian of apparatus, most notably American LaFrance. He likened this de-
sign to the buckboards of the cowboy days when these wagons were used for transportation and the hauling of supplies. The book is not broken down into chapters, but into topics and the different brands of apparatus that used the design. The author went to great lengths and detail to give the reader the most accurate information about these histories. There are over 300 references listed on the pages and eight pages of bibliography. Much of these are from a host of apparatus experts from SPAAMFAA. The photos are all black and white, and there are plenty of them. Many major cities are represented and I was even surprised to see a photo of an aerial ladder tuck from my hometown of Bayonne, NJ on Page 192. All of the coverage of the manufacturers are like short stories in a sense and it makes an easy read because none of them take up a lot of pages. It is safe to say that most of these manufacturers are not around today and that there are a few of the buckboard trucks in the hands of museums and perhaps private owners. So for readers that are up in their years, the book may bring back fond memories, and for the young readers, it will take them down through history, illustrating how fire departments of yesteryear used the best they had to fight fires.
Henrico County, VA – At 9:25 A.M. on July 13th, Henrico County dispatchers began receiving multiple calls for a house on fire in the 2500 block of Charles City Road in the county’s east end, near Richmond International Airport. Units arrived to find heavy smoke and fire coming from an older two-story home with heavy smoke and fire coming from the front. They also found several patients down in the front yard and immediately began providing them care. At the same time, additional companies began to aggressively fight the fire in order to conduct a search on the home. Investigation revealed that there were five people in the front
JUMP TO FILE #071717125 yard, which included the two elderly occupants of the home, plus two neighbors who helped rescue the elderly couple, as well as the son of the occupants (the son lives nearby). One occupant was transported with serious, non-life-threatening injuries, while the neighbors and other occupant were transported for evaluation. All patients were transported to VCU Hospitals. The fire was deep-seated throughout the home and took an hour to mark under control. Companies remained on scene for several hours to salvage the occupant’s
personal effects from the home as well as to ensure that all hidden fire was extinguished. One firefighter was transported from the scene with a minor heatrelated issue. Because of the high heat and humidity, crews were being rotated to and from the scene, and all crews followed cooling and rehabilitation procedures. The cause and origin of the fire is under investigation by the Fire Marshal's Office. Henrico Fire will not be able to provide additional information on the condition and status of the patients that were treated by our personnel. - HENRICO FD