For those who don't know, I own the Fire Patrol rig that was used by my grandfather in the early fifties. I am almost finished with its 4 year restoration. Just a few more weeks and it will be ready for a nice new paint job. A few friends of mine suggested that I write a book about the rig itself. It is an interesting story that spans 60 years, 30 of them in fire service! I have started on the book and hope to have it finished a few months after the restoration is finally completed. It will be published by an on line book printing company. They do print-on-demand publishing of books which means no up front costs for me like when I did the Patrol book. The downside of this process means a slightly less quality and in increase in the cost of the books.
Mike Pack and I are considering doing a second volume of the History of the Fire Insurance Patrol. We had so many left over Patrol photos that we wanted to share, that we thought a pictorial history of the Patrol would be an interesting companion to our original book. Let us know your thoughts on these projects!!
Thanks and stay tuned!!