Fire Apparats Preservation Award

Hockessin Fire Co.

for the restoration of their





Autocar / Hahn Pumper

Hockessin Fire Co. – Wilmington DE

In 1965, the Hockessin Fire Company designed an apparatus to keep pace with the expansion of the area. The factors considered included the district's winding roads, steep hills and the area served by the fire station. The committee recommended the purchase of multi-purpose attack pumper. The pumper was built in Exton, Pennsylvania, on an Autocar chassis powered by a 671-N Detroit diesel engine with a 10-speed β€œRoad Ranger’ transmission. It is equipped with a Hale 1,200 gallon per minute Hale single-stage pump and a 500 gallon tank. The chassis was delivered to Hahn Fire Apparatus, Hamburg, PA, where it was modified to an open cab, allowing greater visibility and more room. Hahn then added the fire body, pump, hose, equipment and . PE OF emergency warming devices. The cost in 1967 was $30,000. The new engine was delivered hm to the Hockessin Fire Company in the fall of 1967, and assigned engine number β€œ19-2.” This was the first new diesel-powered fire engine delivered to any fire company in the State of Delaware. Engine 19-2 was the last open cab fire engine purchased by the Hockessin Fire Company. The November 1968 issue of Firemen magazine contained an article on Engine 19-2 entitled β€œMultipurpose Pumper” written by then Fire Chief, M. Fred Roser. The article included a brief history of the Hockessin Fire Company, the drivetrain and all equipment. Although Autocar was the premier of heavy duty trucks, its popularity was largely confined to New England and the Mid-Atlantic states.