Antique Engine 836

1932 American LaFrance Metropolitan 1000 gpm

Featuring a gas powered V-12 engine with 3 speed manual transmission, this rig was delivered in March of 1932 and served until 1964 when it was sold to a fire company in Florida. In 1978, it was sought out, bought from a private collector and returned home in 1980 for the company’s 75th anniversary. When sold in 1964, all the loose equipment was removed and placed into storage - upon the rig’s return, it was discovered that all the mounting holes & brackets still lined up with the equipment in storage!! With the original equipment intact, it was restored and appeared in the Nassau County Parade in 1981 - its’ lights were out of service so all of Vigilant’s rigs “blacked out” turning off their lights so as not to draw attention to it!!

Antique Engine 833 - 1952 Mack Model 95 1000 gpm

Built during a corporate relocation, the chassis was constructed in nearby Maspeth, Queens (NYC) with the final assembly completed in Mack’s Allentown (PA) facility. In service until 1979, this rig remains fully operational and pumps while active on the muster circuit. It is dedicated to Chief Harry J. Vogel who actually served as captain in 1934 (the highest ranking officer in the company at the time). Featuring a 5 speed manual transmission, this rig was  damaged in the early 1980’s and while it was repaired, a keen eye may notice that the fenders don’t match. Due to the open cab design, a snow shovel was kept onboard during the winter months  to clean out the cab before returning it to service.

Ladder 8312 - 2006 American LaFrance Eagle 110’

Adorned with “The Man” in honor of Foreman Michael P. Meade who served for 31 years (1975-2006), it features the bell from the 1976 American LaFrance rear mount Ladder Chief it replaced as well as a four trumpet diesel locomotive horn!! Outfitted with a 20KW generator powering 8,000 watts of scene lighting and twin 250’ cable reels, the aerial features a 1,000 gpm waterway with electric nozzle, 500 lb. tip load (at full extension & zero elevation) and a 12’ outrigger spread which can be “short jacked” to 10’ for one sided operation. It is equipped with a thermal imager, assorted saws, 24 spare SCBA cylinders, a propane burn off kit, portable generator, haz-mat gear and a Stokes basket.

Rescue 834 - 2008 American LaFrance

Seating six (5 in SCBA seats), this rig features a partial walk-in area accessible from the crew cab with fold-down seating for members to don water/ice rescue gear as well as the fill station for the on-board cascade system. Featuring a 6 bottle cascade system with two bottle fill station & Sierra pressure booster pump, it is equipped with two pre-connected Hurst extrication tools, a portable power unit, a compartment full of cribbing, 24 spare SCBA & oxygen cylinders, a Haz-Mat kit and water/ice rescue equipment including wet & dry suits. Adorned with “ILP” on the crew cab doors, this rig is dedicated in honor & memory of Asst. Chief Jonathan Ielpi, a second generation firefighter & assistant chief of the Vigilant Fire Co. who played a role in the design of this rig (Asst. Chief Ielpi was lost on 9/11 while operating with FDNY Squad 288). This rig replaced a 1982 GMC Brigadier/Saulsbury walk-in heavy rescue was which an exact copy of the rescue body used on FDNY’s Rescue 2 where Asst. Chief Lee Ielpi (Jonathan’s father, a highly decorated legendary member of the FDNY) was assigned at the time.

Tower Ladder - 8324 - 2001 American LaFrance Eagle/LTI 93’

Equipped with a 1,000 lb. capacity platform with a 2,000 GPM waterway with electric nozzle, it features a 16’ outrigger spread which like Ladder 8312 can be “short jacked” to 12’ for one sided operation. A 10KW hydraulic PTO generator provides power for 4,000 watts of scene lights. This rig is the first ever that was not purchased new - purchased in 2007 to replace their 1992 Aerialscope, this rig formerly served Voorhees (NJ) where it was leased and then turned in for an identical 2007 model. Originally painted White over Red, it was repainted to match the rest of the Vigilant’s fleet.

Special thanks Asst. Chief Joshua Forst for arranging this visit & FF Radni Ashir for his assistance in positioning the apparatus for photos.