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Panama-Pacific International Exposition Fire Department
San Francisco Fire Department
1914-1915 World's Fair

In May 1914, the Fair Commission contracted with the San Francisco Fire Department, to operate the Fire Protection facilities at the Fair.  An agreement between both parties meant the San Francisco Fire Department would supply the manpower for the fire protection equipment and the Fair would prov­ide the stations, apparatus and other firefighting equipment.  The first company went into service at Station 1, June 9, 1914.

The motor driven fire apparatus was leased by the Fair under an exhibit contract from the American La France Company, Elmira, New York, at a gross rental fee of $16,400.00, covering an average period of twenty (20) months.

Rental price was based on the type of apparatus rented:

Motor Squad and Hose Wagons
$65.00 per month
Motor Combination 700 gpm pumping engines
$90.00 per month
Motor Chemical Engine
$70.00 per month
Motor City Service Truck
$70.00 per month
Motor Aerial Ladder 85 ft Truck
$150.00 per month

Three Fire Stations were located on the Fairgrounds:

Station  1
Southeast corner of the Fairgrounds
 
 
Engine  1
1914 American LaFrance, Type-12, registration #540, Combination 700 gpm rotary gear pumper with a 6 cylinder 100 HP engine.  Received in San Francisco on March 13, 1914
 
 
Hose 1
1914 American LaFrance, Type-12, registration #544, Turret/Hose Wagon with a 6 cylinder 100 HP engine.  Received in San Francisco on April 18, 1914
 
 
Truck 1 
1914 American LaFrance, Type 25, registration #539, 2 axel 85' tillered Aerial Ladder with a front drive 6 cylinder 105 HP engine.  Received in San Francisco on March 23, 1914
 
 
Squad 1
1914 American LaFrance, Type-12, registration #543, Squad/Chemical Wagon with 1-35 gallon soda acid tank, chain-drive with a 6 cylinder 100 HP engine.  Received in San Francisco on April 18, 1914
 
Station 2
Central Zone Area of the Fairgrounds
 
 
Engine 2
1914 American LaFrance, Type-12, registration #541, Combination 700 gpm rotary gear pumper with a 6 cylinder 100 HP engine.  Received in San Francisco on April 24, 1914
 
 
Hose 2
1914 American LaFrance, Type-12, registration #545, Turret/Hose Wagon with a 6 cylinder 100 HP engine.  Received in San Francisco on March 13, 1914
 
 
Chemical 2
1914 American LaFrance, Type-12, registration #537, Chemical Engine with 2-80 gallon soda acid tanks, one 300 foot reel of 1 inch chemical hose; chain-drive with a 6 cylinder 100 HP engine.  Received in San Francisco on July 11, 1914
 
Station 3
Northwest corner of the Fairgrounds
 
 
Engine 3
1914 American LaFrance, Type-12, registration #542, Combination 700 gpm rotary gear pumper with a 6 cylinder 100 HP engine.  Received in San Francisco on July 11, 1914
 
 
Hose 3
1914 American LaFrance, Type-12, registration #546, Turret/Hose Wagon with a 6 cylinder 100 HP engine.  Received in San Francisco on April 29, 1914
 
 
Truck 3
1914 American LaFrance City Service Truck, Type 14-6,, registration #538, two axel chain drive with a 6 cylinder 105 HP engine.  Received in San Francisco on March 23, 1914

Notes:

In 1914 the American LaFrance Company used registration numbers in the 500's for leased apparatus.  Regular off- the- line registration numbers at the time were in the high 200's.

After the Fair closed, the apparatus was sold to the following cities:

Date Sold
#
Type
Sold To
7/30/1917
537
12
El Segundo, California
538 
14-6
Venice, California
539
25
Fresno, California
(2009 - Now part of the apparatus collection of the San Jose Fire Museum)
8/10/1917
540
12
Sacramento, California
1926
541
12
Woodside, California
5/10/1917
543
12
Oakdale, California.  Changed to Type-12, Triple by adding 700 gpm pump
8/10/1917
544
12
Sacramento, California
9/11/1917
545
12
Winters, California.  Changed to a triple by adding 1-35 gallon Soda Acid tank and 700 gpm pump
8/10/1917   
546
12 
Sacramento, California

Several of the Fair's apparatus are still in existence. In the 1980's, the Morro Bay Fire Department was in the process of giving one of the engines a full restoration. Another engine was in Patterson, California.

If you know of the location of other Fair rigs, please notify us. Thank you.

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