Mack Fire Apparatus
A Tribute to the Bulldog of All Fire Trucks
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By Britton W Crosby
Original Post March 2001 - Updated March 2005 - Re-launched April 2020
xx Mack photos on this page
Is there any question who built this truck?
Mack has done a great job identifying their trucks from almost any angle.
The name, the logos, the shapes and styles all ay MACK.
1965 Mack B-85 Thermodyne pumper belonged to Harvard, MA.
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Mack Fire Trucks
Possibly America's most famous manufacturer of fire apparatus,
Mack Trucks of Allentown, Pennsylvania began building fire trucks around 1911.
Over the years, these beautiful fire engines, bearing the trademark "Bull Dog",
proved to be as tough and reliable as the saying "Built like a Mack Truck" indicates.
Thousands of these classic apparatus served over the years.
Mack stopped making custom apparatus in 1990 to the dismay of Mack fans.
This is a tribute to some of the Macks I have admired had the pleasure of photographing.
TONS OF MACK PHOTOS IN THIS SPECIAL FEATURE!!
The Mack Name
The name "Mack" became synonymous with trucks from the
Mack Trucks have been utilized in every imaginable way.
They have been utilized as fire trucks since 1910.
| Mack Models and
Model "A" Series...................1914-1938
Model "AB" Series................1914-1936
Model "AC" Series................1916-1938
"Early" Model "B" Series....1927-1941
Model "E" Series...................1936-1950
Model "L" Series...................1940-1954
Model "A" Series...................1950-1953
Model "B" Series...................1954-1966
Model "C" Series...................1956-1967
Model "MB" Series................1963-1978
Model "MC" Series................1978-1987
Model "MR" Series................1978-1987
Model "R" Series....................1966-1990
Model "CF" Series..................1967-1990
Mid-Liner MS Series...............1979-
The Mack AC Truck was introduced around 1916.
The truck served in WWI including in Great Britain
where it earned the reputation of being tough like the
British Bulldog, a factor that would stay with Mack forever.
The AC would continue to be built until about 1938.
The Mack name was typically displayed on radiators.
Mack tool box step
1951 Mack Edgartown, MA
Mack front and center.
Edgartown 1927 Mack.
Edgartown's 1927 Mack with radiator cap.
The reminder that you were driving a Mack was never far away.
The "Mack" name on the side of the 1931 Early Mack B of Easton, MA.
The "Mack" name in the side of a 1938 Mack "E" slightly changed from the 1931 version.
Long Island June 2016
A well worn Mack step
Mack tool box
The pump on an early Mack
Mack utilized a variety of name plates, grill styles,
and configurations over the years.
Mack "E" style.
Photo RI Muster 2011
The Mack name and logo are often one in the same.
The name and the logo.
North Patchogue, Long Island, NY
Rhode Island 2011
Lynnfield June 2010
Peabody B-95 Mack
Mack Pressure gauges
The hose bed and rear step meant to carry large amounts of hose
and often four standing firefighters.
Rear step compartment
Rhode Island 2011
If there was a place to put the name, Mack seemed to take the opportunity.
This 1963 Mack C-95 has the "C" style logo
combining the Bulldog and name together.
The Mack C series logo used between 1957 and 1967.
Easily identifiable as a Mack C logo.
The newer look of the Mack CF starting in 1967.
Even without the name, it is easy to recognize the shape and features on a Mack CF.
Every Mack has one of these somewhere on the pump panel.
"MACK" on the front and center of the Mack R.
Mack pump pressure gauges.
Mack CF Series used from 1967 until Mack
stopped making fire trucks in 1990.
FDNY was 100% during a good deal of this period.
Satellite 1 with the BIG gun.
"What's up Duck?"
Providence Engine 4 with the Bull dog hidden.
Mack CF cab
Millbury, MA Mack Aerialscope
The easily recognized Mack CF cab.
The Mack MB style cab on Wakefield's lighting plant.
The Mack MC series look of the 1980's
The Mack MC series.
Chepachet, RI Mack / Ranger pumper at Webster 2001.
Some of the historical facts and information
referenced in this feature
came from a wonderful book called...
Mack Fire Apparatus
A Pictorial History
Harvey Eckart 1990
01 - Mack Fire Truck History
02 - Mack Name & Logos
03 - Mack Bulldog
04 - Mack Style
05 - Early Macks 1911-1930s
06 - Mack E Series 1936-1950
07 - Mack L Series 1940-1954
08 - Mack L Series 1940-1954
09 - Mack B Series 1953-1966
10 - Mack B Series 1953-1966
11 - Mack C Series 1956-1967
12 - Mack C Series 1956-1967
13 - Mack CF Series 1967-1990
14 - Mack CF Series 1967-1990
15 - Mack R Series 1966-1990
16 - Mack MB/MC Series 1972-1987
17 - Mack Other Chassis
18 - Mack Ladder Trucks
19 - Mack Aerial Scopes
20 - FDNY Macks
21 - Providence Macks
22 - Cape Cod Area Macks 1
23 - Cape Cod Area Macks 2
24 - Cape Cod Area Macks 3
25 - Macks in Action
26 - Mixed Macks
27 - Mack Favorites
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