The “Lulubelle” Returns
Our 1937 American LaFrance engine is back in the Hollywood Fire Museum after being restored by Bodie Stroud’s shop in Sunland and featured on the TV show American Restoration and after getting a set of new brakes thanks to the support from the LAFD. This beautiful engine is unique since it was the first enclosed cab rig purchased by the LAFD. It was assigned as Engine 68 located at 5213 W. Pico. Comparing this body style with apparatus before it shows how streamlined it was for its time.
It has an American LaFrance V12 engine (that runs) and pumps 1250 gpm. It carried 21/2”, 11/2” hose and a 1” red line on a reel with an extension ladder and assorted tools.
The LAFD purchased four of these rigs in 1937 and they were the first apparatus bought since 1933 due to the Great Depression. We proudly display this piece of LAFD history for all to see and appreciate so all are invited.