After lengthy restoration, 91-year-old fire engine ready for display in Kansas City

Bill Grady
March 19, 2018 - 5:58 am

Kansas City Fire Historical Society


The Kansas City Fire Historical Society is showing off a restored piece of firefighting history - a 1927 Ahrens-Fox pumper engine.

The fire engine is ready for public viewing after an extensive restoration, said Paul Ferguson, KCFHS president.

"It works just like on day one," Ferguson said. "It probably pumps water farther than our pumpers do today, because it was built in a different time where you didn't rely on hydrants, you had to rely on drafting water out."

Technicians in Estes Park, Colorado used parts from four other pumpers to restore the fire engine, a process that took four years. They still had to fabricate parts because the old machines were so deteriorated. 

The KCFD purchased several Ahrens-Foxes around 1927 after decades of using horse-drawn equipment. 

The KCFHS has purchased a building that is now being renovated at 7309 Troost, so the gleaming red pumper will have a site for permanent display. It will also be available for some public events, Ferguson said. 

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