1936 Ford/ Seagrave Pumper
North Little Rock Fire Department
This 1936 Seagrave on a Ford chasis was the engine at NLR Station 3 from 1936 until
1947. It replaced the older apparatus, which was no doubt worn out. This was the last open-cab fire pumper purchased by North Little Rock, as is the oldest known surving pumper
of the NLRFD.
The fireman standing next to the right front tire is the late Chief Roy Nichols, who was the NLRFD'S Chief when this vehicle was ordered. He once told me that Seagrave was the
apparatus he most prefered.
The 36 Ford/ Seagrave was assigned to Station 6 in Levy after the two '47 American LaFrance pumpers arrived in late 1947 (or early 1948) , and one of the two new LaFrance pumpers was assigned to 15th and Pike.
This Ford/Seagrave remained at the Levy Station from late 1947 until 1951, when the '51 Ford/Seagrave was purchased
and gave Levy a closed-cab apparatus. The June 7, 1951 Arkansas Gazette shows a picture
of the newly arrived '51 Ford/Seagrave. In June, 1951, The '36 Ford became a reserve
A newpaper account in the Ark. Democrat April 17, 1949 shows NLRFD Chief Caldwell in
the Levy Station holding a fire ax over the pumper. The caption was to the effect that the
pumper was too old for the job. The apparatus was then a reserve and later was used
by the city in Burns Park until it was sold to Jeff Monroe, owner of White Small Engine
Repair Co. He
still owns the apparatus today.