From the creation of the American-LaFrance Fire Engine Co. in 1904 through the company's latest deliveries in 2004, McCall provides insight into the company's often complex corporate history with emphasis on the development of ALF motor fire apparatus. Comparisons to its competitors help explain the various development stages in apparatus style and components. Detailed, historic photographs show the wide variety of apparatus produced by ALF over the last century. A color gallery portrays the ALF colorful designs that remain popular for U.S fire departments today. The story wouldn't be complete without a chapter on ALFCO's Canadian Cousin, LaFrance Fire Engine & Foamite Ltd. An appendix explains the various types and series and the time period they were built. An outline of the various names the company went through is also
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Author Biography - Walter M. P. McCall
Walter M.P. McCall is one of the best-known and most respected fire apparatus historians and authors in North America. In addition to his landmark American Fire Engines Since 1900 still considered the bible of the old fire engine hobby -- Walt McCall has authored eight Iconografix fire apparatus and professional car books. He served as Editor of Enjine!-Enjine! the quarterly magazine of the Society for the Preservation & Appreciation of Antique Motor Fire Apparatus in America (SPAAMFAA) for 25 years and edited The Visiting Fireman, the annual international directory of fire buffs for nine years. McCall has also written numerous articles for fire service and antique vehicle publications in the United States and Canada. Walt McCall resides in Windsor, Ontario."