Saturday, June 7, 2014

A Photographic Menagerie of Emergency Vehicles

Greetings!!!  My name is Aslam.  The following are images of scale model vehicles of fire, EMS, police, and others that I have collected.

Unless otherwise noted, the scale of each model is 1/64.

Thank you for visiting!!!

BTW, I enjoyed reading this account of the emotional rollercoaster that was experienced by a female college student who was assigned in her psych class to accompany medical, police, and fire staff:

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.Here is my collection of models, which will be followed by individual photos:

My interest in models of this nature began after my Father's life was saved in 2005 by paramedics and doctors.  Shortly afterwards, my Father and I began watching the 1970's TV program "EMERGENCY!" (coincidently, the seasons were just starting in 2005 to be released on DVD).

So, without further delay... here are photos of my model collection.

The FDNY Super Pumper System

The Little French Pumper

The Unimog

In my small hometown located in the Middle East, the fire brigade consisted of a single Unimog fire engine.  It was manned by volunteers, who were all men.  Women were forbidden from doing pretty much anything... at any job, anywhere.  Women could not even leave their homes unless they were veiled and accompanied by an adult male.

The personal protective equipment for the volunteers consisted of a few pairs of leather gloves.  There were no breathing tanks, no masks, no boots, no helmets, no coats, and no pants.  Crowds of male volunteers would show up to the emergency wearing sandals, shorts, and t-shirts.

Compared to the modern fire departments in the Western world (such as the USA where I currently live), the memories of my hometown fire brigade seem quaint and almost comical.

Fortunately, fires in my hometown were relatively rare.  The Unimog seemed to make appearances more often in parades than at emergencies.

Vehicle fires seemed to be the most common emergency... occurring perhaps once every few months.

Buildings were a maximum of two stories.  Construction materials were noncombustible such as brick, stone, or concrete blocks... meaning any fires that occurred were limited to one room and did not spread or consume the entire structure.  Building fires consisted mostly of smoke, and occurred perhaps once or twice a year.  The cause was usually determined to have been the result of careless cigaret smoking or the ignition of cooking oil.

This twin-cab fire engine is used to protect "The Chunnel" (the undersea railroad tunnel connecting the UK and France).
This fire engine has two cabs, and it can travel quickly in either direction.  The reason this fire engine has two cabs because it is not possible for a fire truck to turn around in the narrow tunnel.

The FDNY Fireboat "The John J. Harvey"

The scale of this fireboat is 1/136.

All of my fire models are too fragile for any young person to play with... so my wife Cheryl wisely bought this fire engine model at a garage sale (25 cents) for young visitors to play with whenever the need arose.  Our daughters were teenagers by the time I began collecting scale vehicle models, and they were no longer interested in playing with "toys".

Cheryl and I both laughed at how stupid this fire engine looks next to the scale models... but youngsters are happy to have something sturdy to play with instead of just being told "No".

The following 2 models (FDNY Engine 82 and Ladder 31) were based on the book "Report From Engine Co. 82" by Dennis Smith.

The scale of this fire engine is 1/50.

The scale of this fire engine is 1/50.