Proving that boys will be boys and that some things never change.
The year was 1905, and when word got out that a new piece of fire fighting equipment, a Amoskeag Steam Pumper would put to the test it didn't take long for a crowd to show up.
100 years later when word got out that The Charlotte Fire Department would give a demonstration of its 'Old Sue' Engine 3, a 1902 American Fire Engine Company, Steamer pump, as you might have expected it didn't take long for a crowd to show up.
The Charlotte Fire Department (Charlotte, NC) presents a live demonstration and display of its fire engine history spanning over 80 years of service. Fire Chief Jon B. Hannan, Command Staff, firefighters, family members, and friends gathered to watch 'Old Sue' Engine 3, a rare 1902 American Fire Engine Company, Metropolitan Model Horse Drawn Steamer pump and observe other antique fire engines. In addition to 'Old Sue' were a 1928 American LaFrance pumper, a 1948 Mack pumper, a 1958 Seagrave pumper, and a 1971 Seagrave pumper. All of these apparatus were purchased new and served on the front lines for the City of Charlotte. Retirees Oscar White and Artie Baker share their experiences riding on some these rare fire apparatus antiques.