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American LaFrance Chassis Parts

Struggling to find parts to keep your American LaFrance chassis on the street and in service? Look no further! Fire Line Equipment continues to sell and stock ALF electrical, mechanical and trim chassis parts for your American LaFrance Eagle or Metropolitan Cab.  Parts can be purchased by calling toll free 877-346-1373 or by visiting one of our two on line stores. Both stores, Fire Line Store & BuyFireTruckParts.com offer a wide variety of parts and equipment available for purchase on line.

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The American LaFrance Fire Engine Company was one of the oldest fire apparatus manufacturers in America. With roots that go back to approximately 1832, the companies that went on to become American LaFrance built hand-drawn, horse-drawn, and steam-powered fire engines. Founded in 1873 by Truckson LaFrance and his partners, including Alexander S. Diven as the LaFrance Manufacturing Company selling hand powered equipment. The International Fire Engine Company, corporate predecessor of American LaFrance, built some steam power fire engines between 1903-1907. Apparatus built by International included horse drawn steamers, hose wagons, and hook & ladders to chemical engines, water towers and combinations. The American LaFrance Fire Engine Company was formed in 1903. Its corporate offices and manufacturing plant were in Elmira, New York. It was announced Friday, January 17, 2014 they would cease operations.

The January 2014 shutdown marks the third time ALF has gone out of business. The company closed its ancestral plant in Elmira in 1985, only to reappear the following year as a much smaller entity in Bluefield, Virginia. Eight years later, the successor company also shut its doors. In 1996, Freightliner Corporation revived ALF once more, introducing all-new ALF Eagle custom fire apparatus made in a modern new plant in Cleveland, North Carolina. Just five years later, ALF relocated to the Charleston, South Carolina, area, and in 2008, it moved into a huge new plant near Summerville, South Carolina. Amid incessant rumors, ALF moved to yet another new plant–its fourth–last year, where owner Patriarch Partners finally pulled the plug. This time it looks like American-LaFrance is down for the count. The legendary nameplate is about to join other once-revered names like Maxim, Pirsch and Ahrens-Fox in the pantheon of U.S. motor fire apparatus history.

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