PHOTOS: Fire trucks through the years

Each week, Tim Szymanski with Las Vegas Fire & Rescue profiles a different rig which the department uses or used in the past. Look through this gallery to get educated on their fire trucks!

  • Ladder Four: 1978 American LaFrance Century 100 ft ladder truck. Tim Szymanski, Las Vegas Fire & Rescue

  • Las Vegas Fire Department engine at incident, date unknown, appears in 70s. Tim Szymanski, Las Vegas Fire & Rescue

  • Truck 1, used in the 90's, 100 foot LTI tower ladder. The Pierce 100 foot tiller ladder truck replaced it. Tim Szymanski, Las Vegas Fire & Rescue

  • April 16, 1949 a new Seagraves 65 foot ladder truck arrives in Las Vegas by rail. The truck cost $23,000. The truck was ordered in 1946 and took nearly three years to build. Was kept at Fire Station One downtown. Tim Szymanski, Las Vegas Fire & Rescue

  • Assistant Fire Chief's car, the year on the license plate is 65. Tim Szymanski, Las Vegas Fire & Rescue

  • Photo of Tule Springs fire station

  • Rescue 5 late 1990s: This was the photo that was used to make the Mattel Hot Wheels Collector's model of Rescue 5. Most of the toys were purchased by collectors before they were released to the general public in a limited edition. Only a very few ever made it to the stores. They were available on a pre-sale for approximately $2.50. You can find them on e-Bay occasionally at various prices. Tim Szymanski, Las Vegas Fire & Rescue

  • Incident photo: June 20, 2007. Four alarm tire fire on Bonanza Road where the railroad tracks cross over. A large pile of tires that were temporarily placed there caught fire. Cause was undetermined. There were no injuries.

  • Las Vegas Engine 3, 2001 Pierce Quantum pumper. This unit is also a part of the department's Hazardous Material Team and responds to all HazMat incidents. Tim Szymanski, Las Vegas Fire & Rescue

  • Las Vegas Fire Engine 6: 2008 Pierce Quantum Pumper Engine selected this week in remembrance of Engineer John DeLucchi. Tim Szymanski, Las Vegas Fire & Rescue

  • Rescue 48: 2008 International Medtech Rescue Ambulance Tim Szymanski, Las Vegas Fire & Rescue

  • Vintage Las Vegas Fire & Rescue Rig: Engine 40 1980 American LaFrance Century 1000 gpm pumper with 35 foot telesquirt. Tim Szymanski, Las Vegas Fire & Rescue

  • Las Vegas Fire & Rescue Engine 1: 2001 Pierce Quantum pumper with 65 foot Snozzle (the only one on the department). Tim Szymanski, Las Vegas Fire & Rescue

  • 1964 Seagrave Ladder Truck currently still being used known as "Big Red" which is used to carry VIPs in parades and is also a very popular stand alone unit for exhibits. It is a very popular attraction. Tim Szymanski, Las Vegas Fire & Rescue

  • LVFR’s Mobile Command Unit (MCU) and Public Education & Information Officer’s unit (PIO1). Both units work together. They are almost identical in equipment except the MCU has a TRP-1000 communications device (which can link different radio systems together). Both now have 4G WiFi hot spots, the MCU’s inside, the PIO van outside so you can use wireless devices within 20 ft outside the van. Both have computer devices and various communications equipment. The MCU was placed into service May, 2004 and was designed by Fire Chief Greg Gammon, Communications Supervisor Lou Amell and PIO Tim Szymanski. The PIO van was updated in 2009 from the 1999 version. There are seen at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway during a communications exercise. Tim Szymanski, Las Vegas Fire & Rescue

  • The Dice seen on LVFR apparatus first appeared on the rigs in a press conference at fire station one on June 14, 1971. Fire Chief Jerry Miller showed off the new Dice logos on two new American LaFrance engines, E1 and E12. Both engines cost $115,000 and are the first white engines used by the department instead of red. The dice use to be used in combination so they added up to the number of the rig, like E3 would have a 2 & 1 or E4 would have a 2 & 2. That changed when all the rigs were replaced in the early 2000's, they all now have 4 & 3 for lucky seven, which matches the dice on all Las Vegas Fire & Rescue personnel's badges. Tim Szymanski, Las Vegas Fire & Rescue

  • Las Vegas Fire & Rescue Water Tender 43: 2002 Kenworth T800 Pierce 3000 gallon water & foam unit. Tim Szymanski, Las Vegas Fire & Rescue

  • Las Vegas Fire Dept’s first full time fire chief, Harold Case, on the job at the office. Circa 1940s Tim Szymanski, Las Vegas Fire & Rescue

  • CBRNE-8 chemical biological radiological nuclear explosives homeland security unit. Tim Szymanski, Las Vegas Fire & Rescue

  • Las Vegas Fire & Rescue's first motorized pumper: 1917 Model T Ford, currently on display in front of FS5. Tim Szymanski, Las Vegas Fire & Rescue

  • 1979 LVFD Squad 1 at old fire station 1 at 300 Casino Center. Tim Szymanski, Las Vegas Fire & Rescue

  • LVFR Engine 42: 1994 Emergency One Cyclone engine (historical). Tim Szymanski, Las Vegas Fire & Rescue

  • Historical photo of 1983 Mack engine used at Fire Station 9. Tim Szymanski, Las Vegas Fire & Rescue