Links & Resources


There are a variety of links here to be explored. Webmasters that maintain sites that they feel would be of interest to our members should send their information to: Webmaster for inclusion. SPAAMFAA reserves the right to accept or reject any links at it’s sole discretion and make no representation as to any items offered commercially at any linked site.

International Fire Buff Associates, Inc. is an association of more than fifty local fire buff clubs located throughout the United States and Canada. All National members of SPAAMFAA are also associate members of the IFBA

Firetrucks Unlimited in Henderson, NV specializes in refurbishing fire apparatus of all types and would be happy to be listed in the links section of your site. Take a look at this 1950 Seagrave we recently completed here:

The Professional Car Society is a fairly large and active group that concentrates on ambulances and hearses/flower car and funeral related vehicles. They have an active discussion forum on their website.  Their website is at

For fire fighting news, training, education, and management information for fire and emergency services personnel worldwide is a great resource.

The Greater Toronto Multiple Alarm Association is one of the largest fire buff clubs in Canada, providing canteen and rehab services to the Toronto Fire Services.  The Greater Toronto Multiple Alarm Association has operated a volunteer canteen and rehab service for the Toronto Fire Services (and previous fire depts.) for almost 30 years. Many G.T.M.A.A. members volunteer dozens of hours each year staffing Support 7. Fires happen day and night, often in the worst weather possible. Our members have always come from all walks of life. All with varied interests in the Fire Service – whether it be volunteering on the Support 7 Canteen, taking fire photographs, monitoring radio scanners, or simply coming out to our meetings to talk about what’s new in the Fire Service. Check out their web site G.T.M.A.A. will be hosting the 2012 International Fire Buff Convention. contains forums and photos shared by Fire, EMS, and Police from 12 Southern States and more. One feature of the site titled “Protection From The Past” has photos and descriptions of antique and classic apparatus.

A premier chrome shop in Erie, PA, Advanced Custom Chrome with a web site at  has asked to be included in our links page.  They have a multi-faceted ability to chrome, repair or fabricate a variety of parts.  A look at their web site will tell you more.

We recently learned of a most interesting web site at:   This site is very worthy of a visit and is a wealth of information about the firefighting apparatus that has served the armed forces.  Highly recommended!!

Another military fire truck site can be found at:  This is the web site for World War II, Army Engineer, Fire Truck Identification, and contains a TON of information about military firefighting vehicles—give it a try!!

An interesting resource may be found at, a page that focuses on all aspects of vehicular restoration.

The American Truck Historical Society (ATHS), home of the SPAAMFAA Archives and available to all SPAAMFAA members, maintains a very well done web site at this location.  I highly recommend a visit.

A venerable institution in Fire Buffing circles is the Visiting Fireman. The VF maintains a large web site with probably the best link selection anywhere.  Well worth a visit!!

Owner of the site:, SPAAMFAA member John Burzichelli, entertains a number of requests from Ward laFrance enthusiasts for information about their rigs.  He also advises that after the first of the year, he will be offering a discount an any Ward stuff to SPAAMFAA members.

The Handtub Junction at, is for enthusiasts of people powered fire apparatus of yesterday year.  The site hosts classified ads and a number of information categories for handtub fans.

The national magazine: Fire Apparatus Journal can be found at  They feature very interesting articles, photos and columns, and also feature special articles about antique apparatus from time to time.

Lee Chamberlain of The BrassWorks Company in California advises that his company specializes in the restoration of radiators for old and classic vehicles and has a great deal of experience in antique fire truck radiator restoration.  Check out their link at:  to see some samples.  The main web site is: .

A very overdue link is to one of the Society’s best known members.  Ken Soderbeck has operated the Hand in Hand Restoration Shop for many years, turning out some of the finest restored fire apparatus in the country.  Many of Ken’s products are on display at museums and historical societies throughout North America.  Ken is particularly known for his gold leaf work and his attention to historical detail in gold leaf and paint.  I highly recommend a visit to Ken’s website at

The link to the AACA Library and Research Center in Hershey, PA can be reached by going to

A most interesting site is maintained by Britton Crosby at  Features on this site include extensive listings of Cape Cod fire apparatus, a tribute to the Mack fire truck, Maxim fire apparatus and a very in depth article and photo listing of the Cape Cod Brushbreaker which may be found at:

Doug Klink of the Reliance Fire Museum and Firetruck Restoration Facility maintains a website that documents the restoration of a 1928 American-LaFrance as well as museum and company information.  You can also find information about their fire truck transportation services, all at: .

Author Karen Kruse of Chicago is offering an interesting book entitled: “A Chicago Firehouse” the story of Wrigleyville’s Engine Company 78.  This book tells of her father’s career in the Chicago Fire Department and is currently in it’s 6th printing and has been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in history.  A visit to her website at is worth the trip.

A longtime SPAAMFAA member and well-known fire apparatus restorer, Hal Fillinger, has established a web site for his business at: Check it out for his latest projects.

From member Lawrence Harman:  I think this would be another good link: .  He (Ted) sells and services old 2-way radios. His company tag line is: “The leading edge of trailing technology”. I just bought a ’60s Motrac for my ’68 GMC/John Bean. It was complete (all cables/wires, brackets, etc. even screws!) clean, reasonably priced, and it WORKS. Seems to be a nice guy and he’s got ’60s/’70s correct parts. I recommend him. Lawrence Harman email

The Box 13 Associates of Cincinnati, Supporting Cincinnati Fire Department & Local 48, IAFF, have placed a link to us on their web site at:  .  Their site is well worth a visit.

The Seagrave Fire Apparatus Company has a link on their company web site for owners of antique Seagrave Fire Apparatus that are seeking information from the factory archives.  Click on this link: to go to that page on their web site.  These services are performed for a fee.

This page is an auction website platform that brings individuals and companies together with an unlimited number of car Shipping Service Providers –

For those interested in modeling of emergency vehicles, you might like this site:

You might be interested in this organization’s information:

Here is a new site about the Tampa Fire Service that might be of interest:

I am administrator of firefighter swap shop on Facebook Firefighter Swap Shop
It is free and no vendors allowed. Firefighters all over the world use this site.
Just a place for firefighters to swap-sell -post wanted fire related items.
I have been a fan of SPAAMFAA for years and thought that this site would interest your members

Clyde Chapman Email

I would like to point out a few sites that are great and I would like to recommend. This is a great inventory of all crown fire coaches. has lots of background information on crowns and is very thorough.

Emergency This site is dedicated to the greatest fire tv show. They also wrote a book on emergency!  Emergency! Behind the scene. It is an outstanding book.

Here in Denver we have There is a great section on historic apparatus as well as incident photos and rigs from around the Denver area. in Los Angeles is cool as well.

I highly recommend these and would think others would enjoy as well….

Chad Christensen
Semper Augustus