Vitalite on Engine.

Skulldigger

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The wife and I were passing through a small town in Georgia and I saw this old engine sitting in front of their fire station. The rear lights caught my attention and we turned around to take a look. First time I have seen Vitalites in actual use on something.

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dmathieu

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This was a very common use for the Vitalite. This was a good effective light that came into production in 1962. One of my favorites. I have a complete collection of 11 vintage Vitalites, including a first version, and 3 or 4 rebadges.S6306341.JPG
 
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NPS Ranger

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Those appear to be the only warning lights on the entire apparatus. I see they also didn't invest in one of those "Keep Back 200 Feet" signs and just use a few cinder blocks on the back step, that fall off randomly to keep people from following too closely.
 

Phillyrube

Senior Member
Those appear to be the only warning lights on the entire apparatus. I see they also didn't invest in one of those "Keep Back 200 Feet" signs and just use a few cinder blocks on the back step, that fall off randomly to keep people from following too closely.
My first dashlight, bought it from a retiring constable.

It was not unknown for a hose spanner to fly off the back....

Intersting light setup, crowned by a Vitalite. Moses Lake, WA

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dmathieu

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Based on the vintage of the lights, and the way they are mounted, the lights on the original post truck are not original to the truck.
 

Phillyrube

Senior Member
I remember that the Navy had some fire trucks in the early 70s, commercial cab, with two Vitalites mounted to the roof. It looked funny becasue the roof lines cocked the lights to the side.

I used to have a book authored by the chief of the Navy's fire departments, had a lot of great pictures in it. Can't find it after the move.

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Skulldigger

Skulldigger

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Based on the vintage of the lights, and the way they are mounted, the lights on the original post truck are not original to the truck.
I thought the label looked pretty modern. They said this truck was taken out of service about 1974 or 76. They put it out front preparing for the towns Halloween festival. Probably let the kids play on it.

Those appear to be the only warning lights on the entire apparatus.
Other than two flashers on the front, it does appear so. This is an extremely small town, their response area of it's time was probably 1 or 2 square miles. Probably averaged about 12 calls a year.



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cmb56

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My guess is that they removed the emergency equipment when they retired the truck but if it is used as an amusement piece they installed the Vitalites at a later date so the kids have something fun to look at.

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stansdds

Veteran Member
From the late 1960's and well into the 1980's, Vitalite's were a big part of warning devices on fire apparatus operated by Henrico County, VA. The typical arrangement would be a Dietz 211 on the roof, Vitalites at the corners of the front bumper and Vitalites on either end of the rear hold bar.

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Nolines

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From the late 1960's and well into the 1980's, Vitalite's were a big part of warning devices on fire apparatus operated by Henrico County, VA. The typical arrangement would be a Dietz 211 on the roof, Vitalites at the corners of the front bumper and Vitalites on either end of the rear hold bar.

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A beautiful Oren, it reminds me of the one I co owned with some friends a 74 but it didn't have any of those cept maybe the lights on either side of the siren, ours had Mars lights on the roof on both sides I forget what our center roof light was, and it was a faded out yellow. Ahhh..
 

dmathieu

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