History and Overview

The Crown Coach Corporation, of Los Angeles, California, began building buses in 1915.  
In 1951 Crown started building fire apparatus that used distinctive rounded faces of Crown’s buses.  This new line of custom cab-forward fire apparatus called the Crown Firecoach.  Crown was the second builder in America to offer a custom cab-forward fire truck.  

Crown’s market principally was on the west coast and was concentrated around Los Angeles.  About one-third of all Crowns built served in either the City or County of Los Angeles.  Crown expanded its product line in 1961 and began building Snorkels.  In 1967 Crown started using Maxim aerial ladders.  In all, about 800 Crown Firecoaches were built between 1951 and 1982, when Crown ceased building fire apparatus. 

Crown 1961 Los Angeles City P42 F1195
Crown 1969 Ontario CA Snorkel F1615

Crown Coach Photos

from the SPAAMFAA Library & Archive​

The SPAAMFAA Archives has an amazing collection containing tens of thousands of images of fire apparatus.  Ultimately we have lofty goals of cataloging, indexing, scanning, and digitizing everything electronically, with copies of most of the illustrative material cross available for personal-use. In the meantime you can view a selection of these images on our SmugMug gallery:


Build and Delivery Lists

Service and Operations Manuals

Other Resources

Crown Firecoach Fire Apparatus group


Crown Fire Engine page

Crown Fire Engine page




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