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American LaFrance files for bankruptcy

Discussion in 'Firefighter/EMS Talk' started by The Pontificator, Jan 28, 2008.

  1. The Pontificator

    The Pontificator Angry Samoan

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    The end of an era... :shocked:

    http://wistv.com/Global/story.asp?S=7783737

    CHARLESTON, SC (AP) - American LaFrance - a South Carolina-based company that makes fire engines and other safety equipment - has filed for bankruptcy.

    The company operates in six states and has about 1,000 employees. It filed for bankruptcy protection Monday to reorganize its finances.

    The company has more than 1,000 creditors and more than $100 million in liabilities.

    Court documents say the company had problems transitioning from its previous owner Freightliner. In addition, the market for emergency vehicles is not as good and new emission standards require changes in vehicle designs.
     
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    WooHoo! I'm so glad we got a 2003 ALF Quint... now we won't have to send it back to the shop every 6 months when something breaks (again) cause there won't be one lol.
     

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    We actually just got 2 trucks, and like 8 engines. we've had troubles with them from the get go. and to think we switched from Pierce to ALF through some shady dealings in the administration. Oh well i guess if it gets there and we can get water out of it who really cares. I get paid the same.
     
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    oldstyle Jeep Pirate

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    We just switched from ALF to Pierce and let me tell you, they have plenty of problems too!
     
  5. Short Bus

    Short Bus

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    They used to be some of the best trucks out there. I guess that shows what a tougher market and tougher legislation does for ya. We have an 86 open cab that will still out pump all of the new trucks. Great running and working truck for sure.
     
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    nsb22 TEAM OAF

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    All manufactures have their problems. I do find it odd that our 2003 pierce has more problems than our 1987 pierce does. :animlol:
     
  7. jtull7

    jtull7 Pistolero CLM

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    I used to own a 1948 AL pumper truck. It was so cool. It was a straight 12 engine, and, after you had driven for 30 minutes or so, you knew that you had been driving a beast.
     
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    rk246 Firewalker

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    We have a ton of ALF engines and trucks, We are now giving peirce a try, we have one squad so far that is pierce, it sure drives nice. It has some electrical gremlins in it though that they can't seem to resolve. I am curious how Pierce's trucks are?
     
  9. _The_Shadow

    _The_Shadow Ret. Fireman

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    My first drive as profesional service was a 1952 American LaFrance open top 750GPM pumper, 4 speed, V-12 with dual ignitions, 24 spark plugs, 4 coils. I loved that truck!


    American LaFrance was like the Cadillac of Fire Apparatus.

    It is sad to see a great company go south! The local company down here in LoUiSiAna is Ferra Fire Apparatus;http://www.ferrarafire.com/ is making some nice trucks.