(Photo Courtesy of NLRFD
Capt. (Retired) Jim Dancy)
This 1939 Seagrave was the first
closed cab apparatus in the history of the North Little
Department! It seated seven firefighters. Access to the
rear seating was gained from a split rear hosebed.
This is an incredibly significant photo. The photo is
obviously very old.
Captain Dancy told me that the
story he heard was that the pumper was delivered on the
Washington Avenue Platform, which would have been the
Rose City Team Track and Platform of the Cotton Belt
Railroad. (My Dad was the Freight Agent for Cotton Belt
in NLR from 1952-1971, so I am quite familiar with that
The people from Seagrave thought the truck was
supposed to go to Little Rock, and consequently first
drove it to Little Rock, where this picture was taken
outside the old L.R.F.D. Central Station at Markham and
Evidently this pumper was repainted at some point and
time, because I always remembered it as solid red,
including the radiator grill. (See photo below) Captain
Dancy remembered the same, even when this truck was at
Station 2. (1947-51) This was a really great looking
pumper when it was new.
The Company Designation "4" did not show that
the pumper went to The Rose City Station. It wasn't even
built yet! The 1947 Underwriters Report of the NLRFD
showed that the pumper running out of Central was
"Company 4," while the BRAND NEW Seagrave
Aerial was "Company 5." ( Co. 1 was the Reserve
the 1925 Seagrave!)
The Arkansas Democrat reported
on July 27, 1939 that "a seven-passenger cab-type
fire truck" was to be
purchased by North Little Rock from Seagrave Corporation
for $7,275. The announcement was made shortly
after 12 noon on July 27, 1939 by NLR Mayor Neely. NLR
considered bids on fire trucks with and without
cabs. This was thought to be the only fire engine of its
kind in Arkansas in 1939.
This pumper had a 500 GPM pump and a booster tank. The
'39 Seagrave was the Engine Company that ran
out of Central from 1939 until 1947. It was known as
"Company 4" according to the Fire Underwriters'
of 1947. This report further stated that "Company
1" was the "Reserve Pumper." (This must
have been the
'25 Seagrave.) "Company 2" was a 750 GPM Pumper
at East 3rd and Linden (the '32 Mack). "Company
was a 500 GPM Pumper at 15th and Pike. (The '36 Ford) The
'46 Seagrave Aerial Truck was delivered in
February, 1947 while the underwriters were making their
inspection. It became "Company 5." The pumper
Levy was "Company 6" and the Park Hill Pumper
was "Company 7."
When the Rose
City Station opened in 1949, the pumper there was known
as Company 4 and the pumper at
Central again was Company 1. The Aerial Truck became
Company 1A and Park Hill became Company 5.
Two 750 GPM American La France pumpers were purchased by
the city of NLR in 1947. LRFD Capt, Bobby
(Above Photo Used With Permission of Bill
The '39 Seagrave when it was already a Reserve (No. 8).
Either it was filling in for a pumper out
of service here, or Reserve Apparatus had been called to
former NLRFD Fireman) tells me that the '39 Seagrave then
went to Station 2. The '39 Seagrave
went to Station 4 (Rose City) in 1951 when the new '51
Seagrave 1000 GPM pumper went to Central. The '47
ALF which had been at Central then went to Station No 2.
The '39 Seagrave
became a reserve pumper in 1955 upon the city's purchase
of another new Seagrave 1000
GPM pumper. I remember the '39 Seagrave filling in
as a standby at the new Station 7 when I was in junior
high school. (The station was in the middle of the woods
at that time with only one side of Mc Cain paved as
far as the fire station only. The pumper was sold in 1976
at auction for $1500 or $2500 to Dr. Gary Wallis. He
later sold the pumper.