Happy Matchbox Monday.
A few months ago we asked our favorite fire fighter, Sammy Fox out of San Luis Obispo, California, to profile one of the Matchbox fire truck castings in his collection. He chose the Extending Ladder Fire Truck. Well, we asked him back and he once again has put together a thorough look at another Matchbox model, this time the Mack Auxiliary Power Truck. This, just like his earlier article, is a very interesting read, whether you collect models like this or not.
And while reading this and thinking about what Sammy does for a living, we can't help but think about those 19 fire fighters in Arizona who lost their lives yesterday fighting the Yarnell Hill Fire north of Phoenix. Consider this our tribute to them, and let it be known that they and their families are in our thoughts.
(Thanks again Sammy...)
Although it is named the “Auxiliary Power unit” this model has mainly been produced as a Fire Department Heavy Rescue Unit. You may be asking yourself “Self, what exactly is a Heavy Rescue Unit, and what is the difference between it and a Fire Engine?”Well, I am here to help answer that… while Fire Engine carries water, hose, and a pump for fighting fire. A “Heavy Rescue” does not typically carry hose, water, or a pump. It does however carry specialized equipment for performing rescues such as extrication equipment (similar to the famed “Jaws of Life”), rope rescue gear, confined space rescue gear, airbags, rescue stabilization struts, trench rescue equipment, water rescue/scuba gear, etc. Many of these apparatus had walk-in access at the rear of the rescue body similar to the MB version as seen here –
You’ve no doubt heard the phrases “built like a Mack truck” and “hit by a Mack Truck”. Mack Trucks have always been known for their toughness and it would see that even back when this model was introduced in 1991 Matchbox must have already had the theme “Unstoppable” in mind.
A Wolf in Sheep’s clothing
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