Each individual company page (or pages) lists individual fire trucks by order of serial number. Information provided (in order) includes the following:
SERIAL NUMBER - each company outlined here provided a unique serial number to most pieces of apparatus. Where available, the "system" of each individual company is explained in the introduction. In some cases, serial numbers weren't given or were given in a different sequence than the norm.
FIRE DEPARTMENT - the fire department that originally purchased the truck. Most of these trucks were sold in Canada and standard provincial abbreviations are used.
|AB = Alberta||NWT = Northwest Territories|
|BC = British Columbia||ON = Ontario|
|MB = Manitoba||PEI = Prince Edward Island|
|NB = New Brunswick||QC = Quebec|
|NL = Newfoundland & Labrador||SK = Saskatchewan|
|NS = Nova Scotia||YK = Yukon|
|NU = Nunavut|
US state abbreviations are used for American deliveries with "USA" added. Deliveries to other countries are written out in full.
CHASSIS - this is fairly straightforward. Full model information (e.g. Ford C8000) is included when known. IHC refers to International trucks (International Harverster Corporation). IHC model designations include CO (Cargostar), L (Loadstar) and F (Fleetstar). A question mark or blank indicates that the chassis make is not known.
PUMP / TANK / AERIAL - the first number provides the gallon-per-minute ability of the pump (if there is one). The second represents the capacity of the on-board water tank and the third number refers to the height of any attached aerial device (in feet). Mention is made if the aerial device is a snorkel or platform. Many aerials are "straight sticks" - they don't carry a pump or tank. In this case, a "-" symbol indicates "none" (e.g. -/-/100' means a 100-ft. aerial with no pump or tank, -/1500 refers to a 1500 gallon tanker with no pump). In some cases, the pump or tank size isn't known. This is marked by a blank space (e.g. 625/ when the tank is unknown, /1500 when a pump is unknown). If neither is known, the type of truck (pump, tanker, etc) is listed. Other interesting features (e.g. front-mount pumps, snorkels, etc) are indicated where known.
A WORD ON MEASUREMENTS - Canada is a metric country, but the "fire buff" community still tends to think in Imperial measurements. Aerial heights are expressed in feet and pump/tank measurements in Imperial gallons (different from U.S. gallons). Some conversions are given below:
|Aerial height = 100 feet||30 metres||-|
|Aerial height = 85 feet||26 metres||-|
|Aerial height = 75 feet||23 metres||-|
|Aerial height = 55 feet||17 metres||-|
|Aerial height = 50 feet||15 metres||-|
|Pump = 1250 imperial gallons per min.||6000 litres||1500 U.S. gallons|
|Pump = 1050 imperial gallons per min.||5000 litres||1250 U.S. gallons|
|Pump = 840 imperial gallons per min.||4000 litres||1000 U.S. gallons|
|Pump = 625 imperial gallons per min.||3000 litres||750 U.S. gallons|
In general, you can multiply imperial measurements by 4.5 to get the equivalent metric amount. If you then divide by 3.7, you'll have an approximate U.S. gallon total.
DATE - generally lists the year in which the truck was delivered. This may be different from the year of the chassis. If known, the full ULC (Underwriter's Laboratories of Canada) pump test date is given.
NOTES - lists
any special information known about the truck. If the truck is no longer owned
by the original department, it is listed as "sold." This could also
include trucks that have been scrapped or stripped for parts. If the rig was
sold to another fire department and this department is known, the name is provided.
If it is known that the truck was sold to a person, business or organisation
other than another fire department, it is listed as "sold privately."
In cases where a fire department has been subject to an amalgamation, annexation
or other boundary change, the note will refer to a "name change" that
indicates the new department name.