SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA CHAPTER, SOCIETY FOR THE PRESERVATION AND APPRECIATION OF ANTIQUE MOTOR FIRE APPARATUS IN AMERICA

Costa Mesa Fire Safety Expo

The Costa Mesa, CA, Fire Department held their annual Fire Safety expo on May 19, 2003. CFE member’s rigs on static display included the Bramm’s 1970 ex-LAFD Seagrave, Mike Britt’s 1966 ex-Orange County Crown pumper and his 1970 ex-Culver City Crown pumper and Darrell Gilbert’s ex-Lynwood Crown pumper. Also on display were the Costa Mesa Firefighters Association’s 1961 ex-Orange County Crown 9the original "Big John" Crown) as well as Orange FD’s 1921 ALF pumper. The L.A. County Fire Museum also brought the 1899 ex-LAFD Metropolitan Steamer and a horse drawn ladder truck. In-service fire units from Costa Mesa, Orange County Fire Authority and the Los Alamitos Armed Forces Reserve Center were on hand along with helicopters from Costa Mesa P.D., Mercy Air and the Army reserve.There were many safety and educational displays as well as firefighting and extrication demonstrations throughout the day. “Code 3” shuttles were provided for the public to the train rides at nearby Goat Hill Junction, aboard Mike McDonald’s 1956 Ford/Crown Hose Tender (driven by Ned Bixby) and Santa Fe Springs FD’s Anniversary Series Seagrave parade engine.

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