Benicia Has Former Arsenal Dodge Fire Truck

December 31, 2023  •  Leave a Comment

Benicia Fire MuseumBenicia, Fire Museum's Dodge Fire EngineThis Dodge fire engine was photographed at the Benicia Fire Museum in the San Francisco Bay Area.

"Originally belonging to the Arsenal Fire Department, we are not exactly sure of the Dodge's age," states a Benicia Fire Museum summary. "In the early 1940s, the commander of the arsenal was ordered to eliminate all vehicles that had any chrome on them. This was in anticipation of the United States entering World War II. The reflective nature of the chrome could be targeted by bombing raids.

"The commander decided to sell one of this fire engines to the Benicia Volunteer Fire Department with one condition: the volunteers were to assist the Arsenal Fire Department with any fires, especially those started by bombers."
This Dodge fire engine was photographed at the Benicia Fire Museum in the San Francisco Bay Area.

"Originally belonging to the Arsenal Fire Department, we are not exactly sure of the Dodge's age," states a Benicia Fire Museum summary. "In the early 1940s, the commander of the arsenal was ordered to eliminate all vehicles that had any chrome on them. This was in anticipation of the United States entering World War II. The reflective nature of the chrome could be targeted by bombing raids.

"The commander decided to sell one of this fire engines to the Benicia Volunteer Fire Department with one condition: the volunteers were to assist the Arsenal Fire Department with any fires, especially those started by bombers."


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