VERY cool boat. I had a chance to buy a nice fire boat a while back- It was bigger, though- a 28' steel clipper, with some BIG engines and a cool brass monitor on the fwd deck. I'd have loved to have it, but it just wasn't in the budget at the time!
well, that's the rub jim- it's NOT a piece of service history. the boat is a mock up. although it may have been like what they would have used in the late 50's, it was put together about four years ago by a guy who is in a fire department, and then shown ONLY. just a novelty / ephemera piece.
but with all the stuff, including the stretcher / backboard that i took off to transport it, the scuba tanks, the giant hook-pole, the lights and such, it's a pretty accurate mock up, but just that.
i guess back in the day and pretty much right up til now the fire depts have had to make their own stuff- nobody is making fire boats like they make fire engines and police cars.....
i'll post some more pictures when i get over to that computer later on.