Join us at the 2016 National Summer Convention and Muster of SPAAMFAA

Welcome from the Fairchester Hose Haulers of the Hudson Valley, the host chapter of the 2016 Summer National Convention and Muster of the Society for the Preservation and Appreciation of Antique Motor Fire Apparatus in America (SPAAMFAA).

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Gary’s Open House Truck Show

Gary’s Open House Truck Show

Andy Leider’s friend New York Court Officer Lou Rebecchi recently took Avery and Andy to an  invitation-only show of Gary Mahan’s collection of antique trucks, in several small warehouses in Basking Ridge, NJ. Gary keeps his warehouses small to keep costs low by... read more
Picking Highlights for the 2016 Muster

Picking Highlights for the 2016 Muster

Preparation is already underway for the August 2016 SPAAMFAA (Society for the Preservation and Appreciation of Antique Motor Fire Apparatus in America) national muster here at Andy Leider’s warehouse in Middletown. There’s a lot to do: with 250 firetrucks jammed... read more
Thanksgiving Fire

Thanksgiving Fire

On about 10 in the morning on Thanksgiving Day in 2015, Andy and Avery Leider had a fire at the Middletown warehouse, where they store about 250 trucks, 50 that belong to fellow collector members of the Fairchester Hose Haulers and 200 that belong to Andy. Someone had... read more
A Long Night of Towing

A Long Night of Towing

Firetruck moving is hard work, especially at night. Andy’s large collection must be frequently moved, sometimes by driving the firetrucks but mostly by tractor-trailer, between warehouses, the firetrucks are densely packed and need to be rearranged frequently. Since... read more
Motometers

Motometers

What looks like a hood ornament on these American LaFrance pumpers from Andrew Leider’s collection in Pine Island, NY is actually an antique temperature gauge called a motometer. The early motometer was developed in the 1910s and is basically a simple thermometer with... read more
Eldred, Pennsylvania

Eldred, Pennsylvania

Andy Leider recently purchased the former Ethan Allen property in Eldred, Pennsylvania. He plans to open there a storage facility, restoration shop and museum for his collection. There is a post in the newspaper covering Eldred, The Bradford Era. Here is the link:... read more
Sutphin Corporation

Sutphin Corporation

The Sutphin Corporation is still a family owned builder of fire apparatus. They have a great Facebook site if you want to see it  go to their site: https://www.facebook.com/sutphencorporation... read more