Fire Apparats Preservation Award

Corning Volunteer Fire Department

for the restoration of their





Model B-4 Brockway chemical & hose car

Corning Volunteer Fire Department – Corning, CA

Corning Volunteer Fire Dept. has restored and is preserving its 1920 Brockway #4553/American-LaFrance Model B-4 chemical & hose var, Registered No. B-289. It appears in several local parades every year. About ten years ago, Corning firefighters replaced the two front solid rubber tires with modern reproductions; the rear solid rubber tires are still the originals from 1920. Increasing Corning's eligibility for a SPAAMFAA Preservation Award is the fact that they are also preserving a second antique fire engine, a 1960 Ford F-250/Van Pelt Model VPMF "Multifog" pumper serial #1486. The nomination for this award was made in 2022. SPAAMFAA District 3 Trusteee Ed Hass presented the award to Corning fire chief Tom Tomlinson, and ten of his volunteer firefighters, at the Corning City Council meeting on January 23, 2024. With a fresh battery and a newly rebuilt carburetor, Corning's 1960 Ford/Van Pelt was parked in front of the city council chambers for this award peresentation.The 1920 Brockway/American-LaFrance would have been there, too, but its motor was under repair that day, in preparation for its next parade,