Rodger Birchfield found this photo of an unusual FC-150 short-wheelbase, dual-rear-wheels Forward Control fire engine built by Boyer Fire Apparatus of Logansport, Indiana. "It was delivered to Eli Lilly & Co. in Indianapolis, and later went to Madison Township Fire Department in Morgan County south of Indianapolis (of which I am a member.) Before I joined Madison Twp., the department had sold it to nearby Brooklyn, Indiana and they eventually sold to it a truck repair garage near Martinsville. The garage removed the fire equipment and used the Jeep for a flatbed truck."
See also a rear view photo (50K JPEG) of this no-nonsense little truck. It had a 150-gallon water tank, compared to the 200-250 gallon capacity of the longer-wheelbase DRW trucks.
Boyer also built three FC-170 Forward Control fire engines for Wonder Lake, Palatine and Waukegan, all in Illinois. The Waukegan truck is seen here with backpack tanks on board for brushfire fighting. The front-mounted winch suggests that brushfire duty was seen as part of its function when it was originally outfitted.
The Palatine FC is almost identical to the truck above, but the pump is configured slightly differently, perhaps because this pumper doesn't carry a turret gun.
These photos of the Boyer trucks also appear in Rodger Birchfield's article "Jeep Fire Apparatus" in issue 2000-2 of Enjine Enjine, the magazine of the Society for the Preservation and Appreciation of Antique Motor Fire Apparatus in America.
Thanks to Rodger Birchfield for the photos. Anyone have photos of a restored Boyer unit? -- Derek Redmond
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