In partnership with the Maine Memory Network Maine Memory Network

American LaFrance engine, Brewer, 1947

Contributed by Hose 5 Fire Museum
MMN Item 14635 Item Details
American LaFrance engine, Brewer, 1947
MMN Item 14635 Zoom


The engine was shipped from the American LaFrance company in Elmira, New York, on June 13, 1947. The City of Brewer has been the only owner. In active front line service until 1966, and on active reserve until the 1980s, it remainsl an inactive reserve pumper.

The V-12 American LaFrance engine was replaced around 1960 with a Continental gas engine. It pumps 1000 gallons per minute.

Originally numbered Engine 1, it was renumbered 303 under the Penobscot County numbering system in the 1970s.

This truck was sent from Brewer to the Bar Harbor Fire on October 21, 1947. It remained there until October 28, 1947 and was instrumental is helping to save the central portion of the town from the great fire.

View additional information about this item on the Maine Memory Network.