|This photo is shared with us by Bill Hoeft from the Vernon Fire Department Historical Archives. Truck 1 arrived at the
City of Vernon amidst much controversy. This began with a meeting in the early 60s between Chief Husted and Red
Willmore at Crown and an order being placed for a Crown Snorkel. Before Crown completed the rig, Chief Husted from
Vernon made the determination that Hi-Ranger built a better articulated aerial unit. Chief Husted contacted Crown and
requested that the aerial device on their new Crown be changed from a Snorkel to a Hi-Ranger. Crown, being a dealer for
Snorkel, refused which resulted in Vernon cancelling the order of the unfinished Crown apparatus. It is unknown at this
time where this Crown Snorkel was sold after completion.
Vernon went to Van Pelt who was a Hi-Ranger dealer and had their rig built on a Ford C chassis. Due to delays caused
by switching manufacturers, Van Pelt could not meet the deadline set by Vernon to finish the rig. It was requested that the
rig be shipped in an unfinished state from Van Pelt in Oakdale, California to Crown in Los Angeles. The rig was completed
by Crown which consisted of most of the bodywork, paint and emergency equipment. It bore no Crown marking other
than the traditional "Crown" corners on the running boards.
|Created September 27, 2009