American LaFrance (ALF) manufactures special-purpose cars and fire equipment since 1832.In 1995, Freightliner buys part of American LaFrance and all AkzoNobel brand, what was once the pride of the whole of America. At this time, an affiliate of Daimler Chrysler Financial Services is responsible for the leasing of machinery and equipment under the brand name American LaFrance.
American LaFrance maintained full production through the war. The Elmira, New York, plant worked around the clock to fulfill huge government contracts for firefighting apparatus of all types.
Since the beginning of the 40-ies. the main military products American Lafrance became the fire trucks.
With the outbreak of the Korean War in 1950, America got the cold war jitters. Federal money was made available to purchase fire apparatus for Civil Defence and to bolster local fire protection. The American LaFrance Foamlite Co. was awarded several large contracts to build a new generation of advanced crash fire rescue trucks for United States Air Force. The first 0-10 CFR vehicle was handed over to the USAF in 1951. Over the next eight years, American LaFrance and Marmon-Herrington built more than 1,100 of these boxy all-terrain 0-10, 0-11A and 0-11B crash trucks, which could be airlifted anywhere in the world.
In 1962 the company introduced a whole new family of 900 Series Airport Chief crash/fire/rescue vehicles. Built on special 4x4 and 6x6 chassis with huge floatation tires and remote-control, roof-mounted turret nozzles, the Airport Chiefs offered all-terrain pump-and-roll capability for jet-age municipal airports. An offshoot of the Airport Chief was the Bristol Foam Pumper introduced in 1966. Built on a conventional 900 Series pumper chassis, the Bristol was equipped with a roof-mounted, remote-control foam turret.
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