Crown Firecoach Enthusiasts Club - Southern California Chapter of SPAAMFAA

A Non-profit organization for owners and fans of the fire engines & trucks made by Crown, dedicated to preserving and appreciating the history of the Crown Firecoach

Historial Archives of the Firecoach Division of the Crown Coach Corporation of Los Angeles 

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The first Crown Firecoach Snorkels

The first Firecoach models with aerial devices were produced in 1960 and 1961

(Above) The very first Crown with an aerial device was F-1221, a 50-foot Pittman Snorkel for Elko, NV, in 1960. Built on a International Harvester VCO-190 cab-over-engine chassis with a 2-door, enclosed tilt-cab, it was powered by a IH 549 c.i. V8 gasoline engine and had a 750 gpm Waterous pump and 300 gallon tank.

(Below) The second Crown/Snorkel, and the first aerial device on a custom Firecoach chassis, was F-1222, completed in 1961. It was built as a Demo and later sold to Snohomish Co WA (the final fire service owner was Crown Point, IN). It had a 65-foot Snorkel and no pump or tank and was powered by a 935 c.i. (325 h.p.) Hall Scott gasoline engine. In this rare color factory image taken at the time of certification of the boom, the truck had yet to have the ladder racks and ladders added. (Both images from the Crown Firecoach Archives and any reuse requires permission from


Crown Firecoach "Engine 51" Featured on Los Angeles County Fire Museum 2018 Grand Opeing Commemorative Coin


The Los Angeles County Fire Museum had a grand opening event on July 14, 2018 for its new two-story, 27,000-square-foot facility in Bellflower, CA. Among the collectable items for sale at the grand opening was this commemorative coin (front and back sides shown) depicting LA County "Engine 51," the 1965 Crown featured on the TV series “Emergency!” There were also coins available depecting "Squad 51" and the Ward LaFrance "Engine 51." All three of the actual vehicles are part of the museum’s collection on display at the new facility. CFE plans to have a meeting at the new museum in the near future.



2018 Brian Dierkens Memorial Award Presented

On July 14, 2018 Elliot Paisner, a CFE member and SPAAFAA National Junior Member Coordinator was presented the Brian Derkens Memorial Award at the Pennslyvania Pump Primers, Central PA SPAAMFAA Chapter's 43rd annual muster in Harrisburg, PA. CFE and PA Pump Primers member Harvey Eckart and Jim Derstine with the PA Pump Primers presented the award on behalf of CFE. Elliot's family was on hand from Norcross, GA for the presentation.

2018 marks the 20th year that CFE (AKA the Southern California Chapter of SPAMMFAA) has presented a youth scholarship award. It is the first time the award was presented to a youth member who resides outside of California, and the first time the award was presented at an event outside of Southern California.

The scholarship was established in 1998 to honor Brian Dierkens, the late teenage son of past CFE President, Ron Dierkens. Brian was a fire explorer and planned a career in the fire service before his life was tragically cut short. 

The award is presented annually to a young person who is between the ages of 15 and 25, male or female, who is of excellent character, has a genuine interest in the Fire or EMS Services, an interest in antique fire apparatus preservation and education and promotion of SPAAMFAA ideals. Several past recipients have gone on to work as firefighters, EMTs and Paramedics, either as volunteers or career professionals.

Photos courtesy of Chris Helfrick.

In Memorium

Longtime CFE Member Doug Stoner Passes

Doug Stoner, wearing his signature hat, behind the wheel of his 1959 International/Van Pelt pumper during the appratus parade at the 2002 Winter SPAAMFAA Conference in San Bernardino, CA.

RoDouglas J. Stoner passed away on May 9, 2018. Doug was a very active CFE memebr during the mid-late 1990s and early 2000s. He was the owner of a 1959 Van Pelt International pumper, distinct for its yellow color, which he and his daughter Emily (also a CFE member in those years) brought to many events, including the annual Pump-Ins, Code 3 Toy Runs to Children's Hospital Los Angeles and the 2002 Winter SPAAMFAA Convention in San Bernardino. Doug served on the CFE board for several years. He is survived by his wife Shirley and his duaghter and son.


CFE and Crown Bus Fans Lose a Great Friend

Eric Gregory, Gina Gegory and Katrina Falk Nelson shown posing in front of Mike Britt's 1966 Crown Firecoach pumper, circa 2002

RoOn May 23, 2018, Gina Gregory, known to many as ‘the bus lady” passed away following a massive stroke. Gina was the moderator of the “Crown Coach Junkies” Facebook page which is a forum for the owners and fans of the Crown Supercoach School Bus. For over 20 years Gina had been the champion and informal leader of those seeking to preserve the legacy of the Crown school bus, and she was also a long time personal friend of mine. She was an experienced, veteran school bus driver who had many hours behind the wheel of a Crown. During the 1990s and early 2000s she was a regular face at events like the Code 3 Toy Run, Crusin for a Cure, and the 2009 SPAAMFAA Conference in San Bernardino - she even drew the cartoon Firecoach that we used for our “Crown Time in 2009” logo for that event. Gina is survived by husband Eric and son Chris. Her untimely death is truly a great loss to the Crown community. She will be missed.

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