Forty Nine Years With The S.F.D.
Apparatus #12 holds the record for the longest service time of
any motor pumper in the Seattle Fire
Department. It was delivered to the S.F.D. on April 26, 1920, and served for 49 years
until being sold
to the Last Resort Fire Department on April 23,
1969. Its first assignment was replacing horse-drawn
at engine company 15. It was one of four identical Seagrave pumpers
delivered to the S.F.D.
in 1920, at a cost of $11,000 each.
During this long career with the S.F.D., Apparatus #12 had
several changes made to it. Originally
delivered as a double
combination pumper and hose, it was changed to a triple combination
a 185-gallon booster tank was added, in 1933. New wheels, 4-wheel brakes and pneumatic tires
replaced its original wood spoke
hard rubber tires, in 1938. In March of 1952, after being
in an accident, a later model Seagrave radiator, hood, and
firewall were installed, along with a
windshield and new 196-gallon
booster tank, equipped with a hose reel of 1-inch rubber booster
line. This new tank was contoured to fit under the entire hose bed,
giving it a high profile
appearance, unique among Seattle's other Seagrave pumpers of that era.
Historical Photos . . .
App 12 (Factory Photo) 1920
App 12 (Engine 15) 1922
App 12 (Engine 33) 1947
App 12 in reserve (Engine 35) 1960
~ Apparatus 12 Company Assignments
Engine 15 - 1933 Minor Avenue
Engine 26 - 8201-10th Ave S
Engine 33 - 10235-62nd Ave S
Engine 16 - 6846 Oswego Place NE
1969 . . . .
~ The Stations ~
SFD Fire Station #15 (1905-1951)
App 12 (Engine 15) 1920-1929
SFD Fire Station #26 (1921-1973)
App 12 (Engine 26) 1934-1946
SFD Fire Station #33 (1914-1972)
App 12 (Engine 33) 1946-1952
SFD Fire Station #16 (1928-present)
App 12 (Engine 16) 1952-1958