Today, Pipestone Engine 1 is now Engine 51 and operates under the fictitious Northern Lights Fire Department. The front of the truck was repainted two years ago and the wood decking has been sanded and varnished. The engine still pumps water and the truck has appeared in several parades. Most recently, it was at the Minnesota State Fire Chiefs' Convention in Grand Rapids, Minnesota, where Pete, without hesitation, let the members of the Pipestone Fire Department drive it in the convention's parade. "In a way, it is still their truck," said Pete.
As for the future, Pete and his fire buff friend Mike Zadra of
Virginia are now looking for a truck that resembles the 1972 Dodge rescue truck
used in Emergency. Any guess on what they are going to do with it?
I love your website. I have been collecting "Emergency!" stuff for a while now and recently completed my "Station 51" uniform. Here are a few pics.
In my hand is a real Motorola HT-200 Handie-Talkie complete with leather case. The HT-200, often called "THE BRICK" was used in the first three seasons of Emergency! I believe that they eventually used the updated HT-220 in the later seasons. The unit pictured was manufactured in July of 1968.
Here is basically the same pic with my L.A. County Helmet. The badge I am wearing is a real "mock" version of the one seen on Emergency manufactured by an actual company who makes police and fire badges. The only difference is that the badge number is "51" and not the actual numbers that Roy or Johnny had. Otherwise, it is an exact replica of an L.A. County badge. Both the helmet and the badge were obtained by a HUGE fan of "Emergency." He had them custom made for his own personal use. He only sold them to me because after 9-11, he started collecting New York City Fire Department memorabilia and needed the money to buy more.
In this pic, you can see the nameplate. Because I did not want to get into trouble for being mistaken for a real paramedic, the nameplate reads "R. DeSoto, Squad 51 EMERGENCY! T.V Series." I have a "Gage" one also. (I simply had the nameplates made by a local company.) I don't see me wearing the "Johnny" nameplate simply because I look nothing like him.
This is a shot of the complete uniform. I think that I look a bit like "Roy" in this pic!
As you can tell, I am a complete Emergency "GEEK!" I hope that you enjoy the photo's as much as I enjoy your website. Feel free to post them, as I would LOVE to be a part of it!
JEFF YAROCH IS A BIG EMERGENCY FAN. HE OWNED AN AMERICAN LAFRANCE (WHICH HE SOLD). HIS DREAM WAS TO BUY A WARD LAFRANCE AND MAKE IT AN ENGINE 51. DAVE WATTS AND JEFF FOUND A WARD ON EBAY. WHILE JEFF ( WHO'S A FIREFIGHTER FOR A LOCAL DEPARTMENT) WAS WORKING, DAVE KEPT UP WITH THE AUCTION. JEFF GOT THE TRUCK. IT'S ORIGINALLY FROM LA COUNTY. JEFF HAD THE TRUCK FLATBEDDED TO RICHMOND, MI ( WHERE HE LIVES). DAVE AND JEFF STARTED TAKING EVERYTHING OFF THE TRUCK, SO IT COULD BE REPAINTED. JEFF SENT IT TO A GUY NEAR PORT HURON, MI. HE PUT ABOUT 13 STRIPES ON IT, TRYING TO GET THE RIGHT COLOR. HE PAINTED IT AND SENT IT BACK TO JEFF. WE (DAVE, JEFF TOM, AND I ) STARTED PUTTING THINGS BACK ON. WE REWORKED THE LADDERS ( DOING A LOT OF VIEWING THE VHS TAPES OF EMERGENCY, TO GET THINGS RIGHT). CHRISTINA HELPED WITH A LADDER TOO. JEFF HAD THE SEAT REDONE. THE LETTERING WAS DONE AND PLACED ON THE TRUCK, WE MADE SURE THERE WERE PLACED IN THE RIGHT SPOTS. JEFF TAKES THE TRUCK TO OUR ANTIQUE FIRETRUCK MUSTERS AND DOES PARADES WITH IT. HE STORES IT IN HIS POLE BARN AT HIS HOUSE. HERE ARE SOME OTHER PICTURES OF THE TRUCK, AT OUR MUSTER IN FRANKEMUTH, MI IN 2006.
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