For something a bit different from our typical daily coverage today’s feature image contains two Portland, Oregon, Fire Department Vehicles. The chemical and hose truck is a 1913 Pope-Hartford unit based on a heavy duty six-wheel equipment chassis with double chain drive powered by a 50-h.p. four-cylinder engine. The Company also produced lighter duty four-wheel shaft-driven 50-h.p. fire trucks and Fire Chief’s cars.
Captain William Heath, the driver, and other firefighters posed for this image taken in 1916. Following the Machine is a Portland FD roadster by an unknown automaker. The Pope-Hartford Company produced mainly high-quality automobiles in addition to the trucks between the years of 1903 t0 1914.
Share with us what you find of interest in this photograph courtesy of Vintage Portland.
- 1913 Pope-Hartford 50-h.p. four-cylinder fire engine. – Below is an interesting account in the “Municipal Journal & Public Works”, Volume 34, 1913, of a 1912 Pope-Hartford serving the City of Norwich, CT.