We have numerous used fire apparatuses in our inventory, but nothing quite as old as this 1910 Christie Fire Engine. It is a relic from the dawn of the automobile, and shows how fire response vehicles changed when the internal combustion engine was developed.
In the video, Jay Leno takes us through this classic emergency vehicle, which is basically a horse-drawn boiler attached to the back of a front wheel drive Christie chassis. Motorization changed fire fighting forever, and this Christie Fire Engine marks the very beginning. The internal combustion engine allowed fire engines to travel faster than they could with horses, both in out-right speed as well as in average speed because a motor doesn’t get tired like a horse does. Of course, when responding to a fire call, haste is the utmost priority, so the faster a fire response vehicle can be, the better.
Fire response vehicles have changed a lot since then. Just looking around our lot at the used fire apparatuses we have for sale, it is crazy to think that they can all trace their lineage back to early vehicles this Christie Fire Engine. Enjoy learning about this piece of history.