Submit a Photo / About the Photos & Photographer

Since the creation of Fire Truck World (FTW) in 2013, people from around the globe have kindly submitted photos of vintage fire apparatus to FTW to share with the rest of the World. Submitted photos are greatly appreciated by FTW, and by the thousands of visitors to Fire Truck World every year as well.  With the help of other fire truck enthusiasts and owners, FTW is not limited to just my personal collection of fire-fighting images.  Visitors would love to see those missing models and missing years eventually find their way into FTW's unique gallery.  If you own some favorite photos of your favorite fire trucks that you would like to share with other enthusiasts, please consider publishing them here.

 

Fire Truck World is not a commercial site.  Photographs are not for sale.  FTW is strictly for fire truck enthusiasts' enjoyment and for individual reference purposes.  FTW's goal is to create a gallery filled with historic fire trucks and vintage firefighting equipment that is easily accessible to everyone who loves old fire trucks.

Each fire truck in FTW has its own individual page. All contributing photographers are credited for their photos in their images' descriptions. 

Besides contributing photographers, FTW welcomes additional information on individual trucks, or corrections to current descriptions.  Navigating around Fire Truck World, it's not just photos, but some interesting firefighting history as well.  

Send a photograph of your local Fire House to be added to the "Fire Stations" section. Fire Houses have long been the pride of many towns and communities, and here is a great place to honor them.

When submitting photos, please include as much info as possible to use in its description.

For submitting photos, and for all other contact, please use the following email address:  Sparky@FireTruckWorld.com  

About the Gallery's Photographs

Photographed in 1992

The collection of firefighting photos in this gallery goes from the current year, 2021, back to 1985.  All images taken prior to the year 2000 were exposed and stored on actual 35mm film.  Unless a transparent slide, most exposures had been made into 4X6 prints.  This large travel photos collection comprised of film, slides, and prints then sat for 20-25 years in a backyard shed in the harsh climate of the northeastern United States.  For the most part, they survived but suffered definite damage.

When this collection first began, had I known that someday they would be the base for a website dedicated to firetrucks, I would have taken more detailed photos of each truck.  However, for the first 15 years of chasing down fire trucks, the idea of the internet and websites were still mere fantasies of science fiction writers.

By the year 2000, the digital age had fully arrived. Once scanning was economical, the time to rescue this collection had arrived.  Sadly, mold had attacked the slides, a regrettable amount of prints were fused together, and the emulsion on most of the negatives had suffered considerably. Thanks to Photoshop, many of the images were recoverable; without it however, FTW would never have been created.

The images taken after the year 2000, were all shot with a digital camera and no longer needed to be scanned nor rescued by Photoshop. The difference between the older scanned film photographs and the digital images is quite noticeable.  Hopefully, someday I will have the opportunity to reshoot the scanned photos, or someone submits better quality images of those scanned firetrucks. 

However, whether using film or shooting digital, not much could be done for poor or no lighting, as many of these older trucks were stored away in dark, dusty, nooks and crannies.  Many vehicles hadn't been moved for decades, so rolling them out into the light of day was not possible. In the darkness, some shots were not possible either, resulting in the occasional poor-quality images in this gallery that are displayed for nostalgic reasons only.

(Unless credited to a contributing photographer, all photographs in FTW were taken by Millard Farmer)

About the Photographer and Creator of Fire Truck World

It was the mid-1980s, and the creation of the off-road bicycle tire laid the foundation for the birth of the Mountain Bike. Leaving the business world behind, I left Costa Rica and flew to California to build a mountain bike at Cook Bros. Racing, a pioneer in this new industry.  Arriving in Thailand with a custom-made mountain bike and no real plan, my only guide was a bank account.  Equipped with a brand new camera, seeking out potential photographic opportunities became a prime objective and vintage fire trucks turned into a favorite topic.  Seeking them out in every town along the way was very special. From start to finish, the biking adventure endured for ten years of extensive cycling on four of our seven continents.

Putting the bicycle aside for eleven months, on a whim, I decided to hike China's Great Wall from end to end. No one seemed willing to join me, so I hiked it alone. Taking three consecutive summers to complete the mission, this trek has been made into an eBook that includes being arrested five times, plenty of hardship, and triumphs too, plus heaps of photographs from sections of the Great Wall that hadn't been seen by man in nearly four centuries.   

Seeking more excitement, I biked through two of the remaining headhunter regions of the world: one in the Philippines and the other being Papua New Guinea. Hopefully, I will someday complete that eBook too, however, all the photos can be seen in EarthlyPhotos.com.

This bike journey began in Costa Rica in 1985 and ended in 1994. It only seemed fitting that the final stretch was biking south from Mexico, through all Central America, and finishing back in Costa Rica. 

Thirty-five years have passed between these three photographs and the more sedative side of life has finally set in. Although that well-traveled mountain bike now collects dust in a corner of the same backyard shed that once harbored the journey's aging photographs, I haven't given up on chasing fire trucks, nor my other great passion: photographing America's surviving historical wooden covered bridges. The main difference is now at the end of the day, I no longer look nor smell like dirt.

Quick links to my other Photographic Websites

Historic Wooden Covered Bridges:  www.CoveredBridgesPhotos.com

A 10-Year Bicycle Journey:  www.EarthlyPhotos.com 

Alone on the Great Wall  -  (a Free eBook):
www.earthlyphotos.com/archeology/great-wall-of-china 

 

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