A Trip to Bothell, Washington
Bill Hattersley

Bothell, Washington, is a primarily residential community located at the north end of Lake Washington. The Bothell City Fire Dept. operates together with King County Fire Protection District #42 and Snohomish County Fire Protection District #10 across the county line. The unified department is quite unusual in that it includes parts of two counties. When I visited in 1988, Bothell operated out of three stations. Station 42 was located in the City of Bothell. Volunteer Station 43 was located east … Read the rest of the story…

A Visit to Burien, Washington
Bill Hattersley

The town of Burien, Washington, borders the southwest side of Seattle. For many years, Burien was a part of unincorporated King County. During the 1990s, Burien became an incorporated city. Fire protection was provided by King County Fire Protection District #2. There were three stations in the district. When I visited in 1983, only one station was manned, while the other two were manned by volunteers. Burien was a faithful user of Curtis-Heiser bodies. For many years, they favored the … Read the rest of the story…

Sunning in Newport Beach, California
Bill Hattersley

Every year, Carol and I made a car trip to the Los Angeles area to visit my aunt and uncle in Pasadena. This also gave me a chance to shoot some of those classic Southern California rigs. We usually went the week leading up to Labor Day, as the weather was nearly always clear and sunny without being excessively hot. During our 1991 visit, I decided to search out some rigs in the beach communities of Orange County. As always, … Read the rest of the story…

A Visit to Port Townsend, Washington
Bill Hattersley

Shortly after I started photographing fire apparatus, I made a visit to scenic Port Townsend, Washington. Perched on the eastern shore of the Olympic Peninsula, Port Townsend faces east across Puget Sound towards Everett. This was one of the first trips I took outside of the immediate Seattle area, prompted by encouragement from good friend Ed Mund, who grew up in Port Townsend and fired me up with tales of their neat rigs. Port Townsend is one of the older cities … Read the rest of the story…

A Trip East to Kellogg, Idaho
Bill Hattersley

In April of 1990, Carol was making a business trip to Spokane for three days. Since eastern Washington and northern Idaho were having a beautiful stretch of sunny spring weather, I decided to tag along for some photography. One of the places I visited was the old mining town of Kellogg, Idaho. Located in the mountains along Interstate 90 about 60 miles east of Spokane, Kellogg was founded in 1885 after the discovery of large deposits of lead. The later discovery … Read the rest of the story…

2016 Spring Pennzoil AutoFair
Brad Bowling

The Vintage Fire Truck & Equipment crew has just returned from the 2016 Spring Pennzoil AutoFair. We spent four days in the beautiful Carolinas at the largest automotive car show and swap meet in the country! Organizers at Charlotte Motor Speedway asked us to prepare an exhibit for the event’s Showcase Garage of unusual vintage fire vehicles, and we did not disappoint. The biennial AutoFairs are run by members of the Hornets Nest Region of the Antique Automobile Club of … Read the rest of the story…

A Second Visit to Chelan County District #1
Bill Hattersley

In the middle of June 1996, I was itching to go “shoot some rigs.” The weather in Seattle was more like winter than spring, so I needed to drive east over the Cascade Mountains if I wanted any decent photos. I hadn’t been to the Wenatchee area for a while, so I phoned ahead to a couple of fire districts. I arranged to have assistance with photography later in the week. Typically in a part-paid department, the “neat” rigs are … Read the rest of the story…