Today in YFD History: November 1947 – Ahrens Fox Fire Engineering Advertisement

In 1947, the Youngstown Fire Department took delivery of two matching Ahrens Fox Model ECs. Model EC9097 was numbered for Engine 2 and EC9098 was numbered for Engine 11. R. N . Smith, the Vice President of the Ahrens Fox Fire Engine Corporation contacted the Youngstown Fire Department via a letter on November 26, 1947 asking if they could use the two pumpers in their next advertisement in Fire Engineering Magazine.


A request was also made to Youngstown Fire Chief Clarence Thomas for a letter saying how the city likes their new trucks. Chief Thomas obliged and replied a couple days later with this well written response.

Along with the letter, the following photo was taken and sent along. Station 7 was chosen as the backdrop for the photo of the new Ahrens Fox Engines 2 and 11.



The completed ad then ran in Fire Engineering.



  1. The letters were scanned along with other correspondences from the Clarence V. Thomas collection owned by his daughter Annette Wingerter. Thomas was chief of the YFD from 1944 to 1948 and during his time as chief, was responsible for purchasing the 1944 American LaFrance JOX 85′ Aerial and the two 1947 Ahrens Foxes.

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