The word steamer means different things to different people. Mention steamer to my kids, they immediately think of the dogs leaving more work for them on the lawn. Mention steamer to a train buff, they think of a long, black locomotive, belching smoke as it pulls it's load down the track. Mention steamer to a firefighter, they think of a steam powered fire pump, a symbol of our firefighting past.
Dave Hubert has a steamer, a 1902 American Steam Fire Engine. I have seen it many times, it is wonderfully restored and still pumps water. Dave, his wife and dogs share their steamer throughout the state as the California State Firefighters Steam Fire Engine Team, attending events and spreading goodwill.
The Steamer - An American Icon from HubiePictures on Vimeo.
Dave is a retired Fire Captain from the Orange County Fire Authority. It took him and his son over five years to restore this engine. Their efforts were rewarded with this beautiful example of an American classic. The American Fire Engine Company made about 140 of these engine, only eight survive today. Of those eight, seven are in museums, this is the only functioning example left.
If you think that this fire engine is a station queen that never gets dirty, check out this video:
CSFA Steam Fire Engine Team at Santa Margarita from FSTI Media Group on Vimeo.
I guarantee that Dave and the crew jumped on it and had her looking like new shortly after the evolution was complete. He runs a first rate crew, they are the perfect stewards of this iconic piece of history.
VISIT DAVE'S WEBSITE and check out images, the Steamer Team's schedule and some of the DVDs that they have for sale.
Better yet, look at the schedule and attend one of the events. You won't see a finer example of a working steamer.
Thanks for reading,