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Old 02-06-2014, 05:22 PM
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Area Ambulance Service (aka Le Flore County Emergency Service) was a loosely operated, take-your-chances private service in Poteau, OK. One of their vehicles was this 1975-or-so Wayne/Chevrolet Care-O-Van. Original warning equipment included dual #184 beacons, the usual perimeter/tunnel lighting, and a #PA-20A with dual CP25s. To this A.A.S. added a Twinsonic as well as a Visibar, a North American electronic siren with dual TS-24 speakers, a Q2B, and grille lights. I estimate the draw from the warning lights alone to be 134 amps! Add in front/rear A/C (if/when it worked), headlights, and dual electronic sirens as well as the Q; well, you can imagine the potential for problems!

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Easterling F.H. in Odessa had a pair of these, but they weren't quite as elaborate. Steve has pix of another unusual Easterling ambulance: a hightop short Olds ambulance. Easterling's two Care-O-Vans went to a private service when Easterling got out of it and they were later to sold to someone in Mexico.

BTW, Steve. someone has posted this on the elightbars board today.
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Old 02-06-2014, 06:37 PM
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Hope to add the four Model 14's as soon as it warms up a bit. Have them pre-wired and in the garage ready to go just like old days.

Corner beacons...it's the Acadian Way!
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Hope to add the four Model 14's as soon as it warms up a bit. Have them pre-wired and in the garage ready to go just like old days.

Corner beacons...it's the Acadian Way!
Very nice, Terry. Didn't realize that Acadian has been around that long. I've only been familiar with them since the '70s.
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Old 02-13-2014, 04:38 PM
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...probably as noisy a chief's car as there ever was, inside the car as well as outside! The Houston F.D. had several "buggies" (chief's vehicles), like this 1974 Dodge, set up this way. The beacons were Supers and the electronic sirens were Interceptors. I wonder how long the Visibar assembly lasted with all of that weight on it, plus the torque of the siren?

All that's missing is a Grover #1510 "stuttertone" air horn!

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Do you know what dept. this one is from, Steve? The late Duane Troxel shot a lot of pix around Lubbock, but LFD never had anything like this one.
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Hmmm....I'm getting there. 2 MARS lights, 1 Federal 174, 3 tunnel lights, 2 loading lights and 2 spots, plus 2 Grover 1510's and 2 B&M CS8's (although we all know two CS8's use the same power as 1 Q2B (right Kev?)



At least I have a second battery and a bigger alternator. And I know all that stuff will work together for AT LEAST a quarter mile...
Can we see pix of this setup, Todd?
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Do you know what dept. this one is from, Steve? The late Duane Troxel shot a lot of pix around Lubbock, but LFD never had anything like this one.
skip, Houston fire dept. chiefs car driven by a chauffer as all hpd capt.s had a chauffer and q2 interceptor and twin beacons. 440 ci police interceptor with hd everything. know these cars very well. had a ex chiefs car in 73 and it would fly. ran out of gear about 130 but got there real quick. all station chiefs and captains had these cars. 2 batteries also. ordered that way from Chrysler. 2 tennis balls between the light bar and roof for stability. I know of only one that came off a car and it fell of on the freeway at a high rate of speed.
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Old 02-14-2014, 06:23 PM
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skip, Houston fire dept. chiefs car driven by a chauffer as all hpd capt.s had a chauffer and q2 interceptor and twin beacons. 440 ci police interceptor with hd everything. know these cars very well. had a ex chiefs car in 73 and it would fly. ran out of gear about 130 but got there real quick. all station chiefs and captains had these cars. 2 batteries also. ordered that way from Chrysler. 2 tennis balls between the light bar and roof for stability. I know of only one that came off a car and it fell of on the freeway at a high rate of speed.
I noticed after I had posted the question that Steve had mentioned Houston. Another senior moment, you know! I would've liked to have seen Lubbock run something like that. One of the first times I ever visited the Lubbock FD was my senior year and I went to Lubbock to check out Texas Tech. I was able to stop by the then-central fire station: that was in April of 1963. They were putting a new batt. chief's car together. It was a red Chevy sedan and back then the only emergency equipment was a single red 174 beacon with a 66G siren behind the beacon. When I went to Lubbock to stay in 1968, the batt. chief's cars were red Plymouth wagons with the same 174 beacons, but had four red Dietz lollipops and twin CP25 speakers powered by Interceptors. In '72 the District 1 batt. chief had a Chevy wagon with a VisiBar with clear domes and red/blue bulbs along with twin CP25s and an Interceptor. District 2 had a Plymouth wagon with a Unity-type bar with the old 174 in the center, twin lollipops and speakers. I've been away from Lubbock since '91 so I don't know what their chiefs run nowadays. I've never seen a Q on LFD equipment, so there's no telling!
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Old 02-14-2014, 07:03 PM
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Can we see pix of this setup, Todd?
Photos of this vehicle are posted many times (and places) on this site.
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Do you know what dept. this one is from, Steve? The late Duane Troxel shot a lot of pix around Lubbock, but LFD never had anything like this one.
Yes, I do. Did you happen to read the description in the original post?
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...as seen here in Midland, TX:
Now that's an old pic. This is from the original Central Station on the east side of Downtown Midland that was replaced during my time in Lubbock.
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