|The City of Eureka purchased three identical Firecoach pumpers in 1963. The engine shown here served as Engine 4
and carries Crown Coach serial number F1287. She was originally powered with a Hall-Scott 1091 gasoline motor
with a Fuller 5-speed manual transmission and had an open cab. She was later repowered with a Cummins V903
diesel motor paired with an Allison Automatic transmission and had the cab enclosed at the same time. She is fitted
with a Waterous 1,000gpm pump with a 500 gallon water tank.
F1287 was formally retired in 2001 and offered for sale by Eureka. No bids were received that met the minimum so
she was purchased instead by the Westhaven Volunteer Fire Department which is a few miles north of Eureka.
|Created January 17, 2010
|There are several features which are unique to just these 3 rigs built for Eureka. We're fortunate enough to have these factory
photos taken by Warren Bowen and shared with us by Larry Arnold. First are the dual 2 1/2" auxiliary suction which may be
seen in the photo above. Second is the stylized swept body, part of which can be seen just behind the hard suction coupling.
No logical reason could be seen for this feature except for a really good looking way to change from one level to another. This is
something that was only known to be done on these rigs built for Eureka, perhaps as an experiment, and it seems that all the
others that were built were squared off in these areas. Next is the completely enclosed pre-connect compartment. This was
logically done to protect the pre-connected lines from the inclement weather where Eureka is situated. And last are the ladders
which are racked in the hose bed. This was though to be a later modification when high compartments were added on the
captains side but the factory photo disproves this. This makes sense as Eureka would have more interior storage to protect
equipment that would have normally been stored outside the rig from the rainy weather in northern California.