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The Unofficial Webiste of the North Little Rock, AR
FIRE DEPARTMENT

FORD MODEL-T HOSE WAGON (Circa 1917-1918 Vintage) OF THE
NORTH LITTLE ROCK, AR
FIRE DEPARTMENT
PHOTO AT THE ORIGINAL STATION AT 15TH AND PIKE
This old truck, according to newpaper articles, was the "Engine of the Ford Automobile driven by Mayor
Faucette"with one of the old horse-drawn hose wagons. A Smith Form-a-Truck Chassis was used to put this
ancient fire apparatus together. Obviously, the entire front portion of this apparatus (not just the engine)
was a Ford Model -T automobile. One of the old Horse-Drawn Hose Wagons was attached to the chassis.
Note the rear marker lights, and the ground ladders mounted high on either side. These are an absolute
match for one picture of an old Argenta Hose Wagon. This apparatus was supposed to carry 1000 feet of hose.


(Photo From Ret. NLRFD Capt. Jim Dancy
)

This ancient North Little Rock Fire Apparatus was the second motorized apparatus of the North Little Rock
Fire Department. This Station at 15th and Pike was the SECOND NLR FIRE STATION OPENED in NLR.
Contruction was started in early January, 1918 and was finished by April, 1918. An Arkansas Democrat
Article on August 31, 1918 states that the North Little Rock Fire Department had two stations and further
mentions two trucks.

This station was closed sometime prior to 1925 due to budget constraints. At that time the T-Model pictured
above went back to Central Station. The Ford T-Model was still on the roster in 1925, - to be used as a
reserve, or for general alarms.

The Fire Station pictured here was reopened in December, 1925. Meanwhile, a Fire Station in eastern North
Little Rock had opened, so this station became known as "The Pike Avenue Station" and the Company
operating here, beginning in 1925 was "Company 3."

An acquaintance of mine who is a vintage car expert tells me that this is indeed a Ford Model T, and most
likely it is a car chassis, not a truck chassis. He further stated that if this was a car chassis, it could not have
carried much over 1/2 ton of weight . (A Model T Truck could have carried 1 - 1/ 1/2 tons.) If you can give
me any information, make year, etc., contact me at:
leeclark01@yahoo.com


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