In 1990, Mack Trucks, Inc. announced that
the company was discontinuing the production
of the custom fire
apparatus chassis, ending an eighty year "built like a Mack Truck"
for the Fire Service. Over the years, the Seattle Fire
Department has purchased a total of
sixteen Macks, starting in 1927.
One of the S.F.D.'s early Macks that has survived is
It was delivered to Seattle on December 29, 1930, at a cost of
It is an "early" B series, Model APDR Type 19 triple
combination pumper, hose, and 130-gallon
booster tank, with a
Byron-Jackson 1000-GPM centrifugal pump.
Apparatus #119 has the unique distinction of being
the first diesel powered apparatus in
the S.F.D. On February
5, 1938, while assigned to Engine Company 25, a new experimental
6-cylinder Cummins diesel engine, Model MR-600, was installed to
replace its original Mack
60-horsepower engine. After installation
of the diesel engine, it was briefly used as a reserve
was returned to Engine Company 25. Five months later when it was
that the diesel experiment had failed its former
60-horsepower Mack engine was re-installed.
In 1947, Apparatus
#119 was again re-powered with a new 188-horsepower Hercules engine.
This rig was the last of four Mack pumpers purchased between 1927 and
1930, and was to
be the last Mack purchased by the city for the next
. . .
App 119 (Engine 25) 1937
App 119 (Engine 11) 1947
~ Apparatus 119 Company Assignments
Engine 20 - 2507-14th Ave West
Engine 25 - 1400 Harvard Ave
Engine 11 - 4423 Densmore Ave N
Carrier 14 - 3224-4th Ave S (Station 14)
1968 . . . .
~ The Stations ~
SFD Fire Station #20 (1908-1949)
119 (Engine 20) 1931-1936
Photo credit: Seattle P-I collection, MOHA
SFD Fire Station #25 (1910-1970)
App 119 (Engine 25) 1936-1938
SFD Fire Station #11 (1914-1965)
App 119 (Engine 11) 1938-1958
SFD Fire Station #14 (1927-present)
App 119 (Carrier 14) 1958-1961