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Memorial Fire Company
Station 89
359 Bay Ave.
Milford, DE 19963

Phone: 302-422-8888
Fax: 302-422-5944
Company History

Running Gear and Equipment
1954-2007 (Continued)
The present alignment of trucks include:
  • 89-1 1979 Hahn 1,000 gallons per minute pumper
  • 89-2 1996 Pierce Lance 1,250 gallons per minute rescue/pumper
  • 89-3 1985 GMC 4-wheel drive field piece
  • 89-4 1961 Ford/La France 750 gallons per minute pumper
  • 89-6 1991 White/GMC 8,900 gallon tanker
  • 89-7 1989 GMC Suburban Van
  • 89-11 1998 John Deere Gator and trailer
  • A-89 1992 Ford diesel van type Ambulance
  • T-1 Ford Farm tractor for ground maintenance
  • FT-1 1998 Food trailer for external food preparation
  • 89-8 GMC Suburban Van
  • 27’ Rescue Boat
  • 89-0 2006 Ford Brush Truck
  • C-89 2006 Ford Command Vehicle
  • Marine 89 Sea Ark Rescue Boat
A chronology of all the fire apparatus, purchase price and disposition will follow. We would be remiss in not mentioning some pieces of equipment that are special to the fire company.

The 1927 American La France holds a special place in this history. It is not only the first truck purchased, but was the only magneto, rotary pump piece of equipment ever owned by the company.

The O-10 crash truck purchased as surplus from the Air Force and nicknamed the “Elephant” was the only piece of equipment capable of navigating the beach during the March 1962 storm. Salt water from this storm took its’ toll on this truck and in 1963 it was stripped and sold for salvage.

Number 4, the 1961 Ford/American La France was the first new piece of equipment purchased by the fire company, thus enabling us to join the Sussex County and State Fireman’s Association.

In the mid 60s it was decided by the company that an ambulance service was needed on the beach. A used 1960 Cadillac ambulance was purchased and put into service at that time. Around the station this ambulance was affectionately known as “Old Red”.

A first for the company was the purchase of a 2006 Ford Command vehicle that is on a rotating schedule with the company line officers.

On August 19, 2007 the company placed into service 89 Marine (2) a Sea Ark Rescue and Fire fighting boat that is capable of handling emergencies that occur in the Delaware Bay and in mutual aid to other companies in Delaware


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