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80 Years of Fire & Rescue Apparatus in Fairfax County, Virginia: 1923-2003


By John M. Malecky August, 2021

80 Years of Fire & Rescue Apparatus in Fairfax County, Virginia: 1923-2003
By Peter West and Mike Sanders

Available from:
FSP Books & Videos
433 Main Street
Hudson, MA 01749

Price: $35.00

This is a soft cover, 8 ½ inch by 11 inch book, that has 176 pages. It is said that a picture is worth 1000 words. This book has over 500 black and white quality photos, most of which are apparatus but with a good number of ambulances included. There are also fire stations, both with and without apparatus in front of them. One thing I can say is that all of the vehicle photos are well positioned as to angle and sun exposure. The only color photos are those on the cover.

The two men who put this book together (with a vast number of apparatus photographers) proclaim their dedication by the very fact that they state that the information provided is as correct as can be determined, but they leave open the door that if for some reason there is an error, that they be notified of it.

There are 399-square-miles in the county, which has 37 stations including the City of Fairfax. These stations are outlined in the book by number. A vast array of different vintages of apparatus awaits the reader. As an apparatus photographer for 47 years, I can appreciate the models and designs especially of the older trucks which were easier to identify than many of today. There is also an index of manufacturers at the end of the book with page numbers of the respective brands making it easy to look vehicles up.

This is a book that is worth the price!

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