Department Apparatus

23-Squad-1 (Chief's Unit)
1988 Ford F-250 Pick-up

Petersham's First two Motorized Apparatus
Both are 1929 Model A Ford's

Fire Chief Dana Robinson and his wife Jean

Assistant Chief (ret.) Charlie Robinson and
Firefigther (ret.)George Brunelle
These photos by Mike Phillips
and were taken at Petersham's Fourth of July Parade 2000




2000 KME/International
1250 GPM pump, 1,000 gallon tank

1990 Four-Guys Tanker
750 GPM Pump, Rear Quick Dump, 2500 gallon tank

23-F (Forestry)
1981 Ford-Farrar F-750 4WD
750 GPM Pump, 750 gallon tank, Brush hose reel.
(Equipped as Class-A pumper as well as forestry unit)

1960 International Tanker
750 GPM Pump, 2,250 gallon tank

23-E-2 (retired)
1972 Ford-Farrar
750 GPM Pump, 1,000 gallon tank,
Retired from service August 2000

1978 Dodge 4WD Pickup converted into forestry unit.


1978 Chevrolet Ambulance Conversion.
This vehicle was a gift from the Phillipston Firefighters' Association
when they obtained their new Rescue Unit.
It replaced a 1976 Ford Ambulance Conversion that had been in service
in Petersham for about 8 years, and in Barre for many years before that.


Dodge-Grahm Fire Engine
Circa 192(?)

This piece of apparatus was originally in service in the town of Dana, Mass. Dana is one of the communities lost to the Metropolitan District Commission (MDC) when the Massachusetts Legislature stole the land from the farmers and the Quabbin Reservoir was built in the 1930's. Parts of Dana are now under water and pieces of Dana, North Dana, and other towns are now incorporated into Petersham and the Petersham Fire Department's responsibilities.

This fire engine became a piece of the Petersham Fire Department after Dana was unincorporated in the 1930's.

Pictured here are Anne (Yonker) Hyde and Peggy (Yonker) Thayer, daughters of the late Fire Chief George Yonker, Retired Fire Chief Windy Anderson, and in the rear, the late Clarence Russell.

It is believed that the picture was taken around 1950.

Thank you to Mary Yonker for sharing this picture with us.



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