Aransas Pass FD

There I was, rolling along the Gulf Coast from Corpus Christi to Galveston in the fall of 2001, when all of a sudden I passed a fire station at Aransas Pass. Which had all vehicles out as if for muster, but with absolutely nobody there.

Aransas Pass Fire Department - © Bernd Biege
Aransas Pass Fire Department – © Bernd Biege

Well, quick stop to snap the assorted stuff on view. And quite interesting it was too …

Mobile Command Post

Looks like a conversion from a standard delivery van … but with an added front ledge (you cannot call this a bumper, not even in Texas) and a neat storage for the generator.

Aransas Pass Fire Department - Mobile Command Post - © Bernd Biege
Aransas Pass Fire Department – Mobile Command Post – © Bernd Biege
Aransas Pass Fire Department - Mobile Command Post - © Bernd Biege
Aransas Pass Fire Department – Mobile Command Post – © Bernd Biege

Pumper

Almost-new looking pumper, definitely the newest vehicle on the block when I stopped by.

Aransas Pass Fire Department - Pumper - © Bernd Biege
Aransas Pass Fire Department – Pumper – © Bernd Biege
Aransas Pass Fire Department - Pumper - © Bernd Biege
Aransas Pass Fire Department – Pumper – © Bernd Biege

Brush Fire Apparatus

And this was the icing on the cake – three vehicles used for brush fires and wilderness incidents, all converted from ex-military trucks, and equipped with Mad-Max-like additions to keep the crew safe:

Aransas Pass Fire Department - Brush Fire Apparatus - © Bernd Biege
Aransas Pass Fire Department – Brush Fire Apparatus – © Bernd Biege
Aransas Pass Fire Department - Brush Fire Apparatus - © Bernd Biege
Aransas Pass Fire Department – Brush Fire Apparatus – © Bernd Biege
Aransas Pass Fire Department - Brush Fire Apparatus - © Bernd Biege
Aransas Pass Fire Department – Brush Fire Apparatus – © Bernd Biege

And if the vehicles are not wild enough, check out the artwork on the side of one of them:

Aransas Pass Fire Department - Brush Fire Apparatus - © Bernd Biege
Aransas Pass Fire Department – Brush Fire Apparatus – © Bernd Biege

Please note that these are scans from an old 35mm slide from my archives, with resultant deterioration in colours and sharpness. What is more, the camera was broken at the time and screwed of exposure levels during the whole trip … well, they are still usable, I guess.

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