These engines are titled and insured by the CDF/Cal Fire Museum and intended to be available for parades or static displays. As our museum staff ages, we find a constant need for additional assistance to help maintain the fleet. Although many hours have been put into finding and restoring these beautiful pieces of Cal Fire heritage, they are still in danger of being lost due to neglect, decay and lack of attention. The CDF/Cal Fire Museum welcomes any and all offers from volunteers interested in assisting with fleet care and maintenance (or even helping us track the required paperwork and documents). Help Us Save Your Heritage!
This 1930 Ford Model A firetruck was originally built by the CA Department of Highways shop in Sacramento. It served as a lighter, speedier alternative to the larger well-known Moreland model. This restored version is stored and maintained in the Nevada Yuba Placer unit.
“Big Jimmy” is a 1939 GMC cabover completely restored and housed at the Ramona Air Attack base in San Diego Unit.
This 1942 Mack is housed at Santa Rosa
1948 Dodge housed by the Amador El Dorado Unit
1956 International Model 1, currently housed at Catheys Valley, but non-operational due to mechanical issues
1963 Chevrolet Model 1, known as the Bud Lewis engine. Currently out-of-service due to transmission issues. Housed by the San Bernardino Unit
In addition to the rigs shown above, the CDF/Cal Fire Museum holds title to 17 other rigs and chassis in various states of repair or restoration, housed at a variety of locations throughout the State. If you would like to help serve as a caretaker, assist with oversight or help us make progress in bringing ththese parts of our mobile equipment history back to life, please contact Jerry Glover, Museum Manager at CDFmuseum@yahoo.com