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Vintage fire trucks on display at firefighters competition

McDonough resident Charlie Rice leans against a vintage New York firetruck he had on display at the Southside Firefighters Team Competition in Morrow Saturday. Rice brought two F.D.N.Y. trucks and a vintage FDNY “Heavy Rescue” truck from his private collection to the event. (Staff Photo: Curt Yeomans)

McDonough resident Charlie Rice leans against a vintage New York firetruck he had on display at the Southside Firefighters Team Competition in Morrow Saturday. Rice brought two F.D.N.Y. trucks and a vintage FDNY “Heavy Rescue” truck from his private collection to the event. (Staff Photo: Curt Yeomans)

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A pair of vintage New York firetrucks from the private collection of McDonough resident Charlie Rice were on display at the Southside Firefighters Team Competition in Morrow Saturday. (Staff Photo: Curt Yeomans)

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A passerby takes time to check out the vintage firetrucks. (Staff Photo: Curt Yeomans)

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McDonough resident Don Baldwin, left, chats with Cobb County Fire Department Lt. John Brady and his wife, Theresa Brady, about the old trucks. (Staff Photo: Curt Yeomans)

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Firefighting jackets hang in a back compartment on the vintage New York “Heavy Rescue” truck. (Staff Photo: Curt Yeomans)

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The seat on the back the New York ladder truck still displays its old engine number. (Staff Photo: Curt Yeomans)

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An F.D.N.Y. firefighters hat hangs from the back seat compartment on an old New York ladder truck. (Staff Photo: Curt Yeomans)

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Fire hose nozzles are lined up in a back compartment on the old New York ladder truck. (Staff Photo: Curt Yeomans)

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Unlike modern ladder company trucks, which only have an attached ladder on top of the truck, the old New York truck also had detachable ones on the side of the vehicle. (Staff Photo: Curt Yeomans)

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The old “Heavy Rescue” truck sits next to a 32-year old former New York fire truck which spent its later years with the North Lawrence Fire Department near the Canadian border. Collector Dave Williams owns the North Lawrence truck, which is known as “Big Blue” because of its paint scheme. (Staff Photo: Curt Yeomans)

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North Lawrence Engine 290 promotes the use of smoke detectors. (Staff Photo: Curt Yeomans)

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A 9-11 stick on the side of “Big Blue” pays homage to its roots with the F.D.N.Y. The North Lawrence Fire Department retired the truck in 2010. (Staff Photo: Curt Yeomans)

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The American LaFrance display on the front of the 32-year old “Big Blue” shines like new. (Staff Photo: Curt Yeomans)

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Morrow firefighter Jim Hudgell checks out some of the vintage features on “Big Blue.” (Staff Photo: Curt Yeomans)

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Clayton County Fire and Emergency Services also had a truck on display at the competition. (Staff Photo: Curt Yeomans)

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Oxygen tanks sit on display in the Clayton County fire truck. (Staff Photo: Curt Yeomans)

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Chainsaws sit lined up in a compartment on the Clayton County fire truck. (Staff Photo: Curt Yeomans)

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The Jaws of Life sit packed away in a compartment on the Clayton County truck. (Staff Photo: Curt Yeomans)

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Hose equipment sits neatly in a compartment on the Clayton County fire truck. (Staff Photo: Curt Yeomans)

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The Fulton County and Forest Park fire departments sent trucks to be put on display at the competition. (Staff Photo: Curt Yeomans)

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A shiny siren sits on the front bumper of this Forest Park fire truck that was also on display. (Staff Photo: Curt Yeomans)

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The Fulton County Fire Department sent its mass decontamination unit to be put on display even though the department did not participate in the competition. (Staff Photo: Curt Yeomans)

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Forest Park was one of six fire departments featured in a fire truck display. (Staff Photo: Curt Yeomans)

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The more modern Forest Park fire truck features display panels that use both dials and digital screens. (Staff Photo: Curt Yeomans)

McDonough resident Charlie Rice leans against a vintage New York firetruck he had on display at the Southside Firefighters Team Competition in Morrow Saturday. Rice brought two F.D.N.Y. trucks and a vintage FDNY “Heavy Rescue” truck from his private collection to the event. (Staff Photo: Curt Yeomans)

A pair of vintage New York firetrucks from the private collection of McDonough resident Charlie Rice were on display at the Southside Firefighters Team Competition in Morrow Saturday. (Staff Photo: Curt Yeomans)

A passerby takes time to check out the vintage firetrucks. (Staff Photo: Curt Yeomans)

McDonough resident Don Baldwin, left, chats with Cobb County Fire Department Lt. John Brady and his wife, Theresa Brady, about the old trucks. (Staff Photo: Curt Yeomans)

Firefighting jackets hang in a back compartment on the vintage New York “Heavy Rescue” truck. (Staff Photo: Curt Yeomans)

The seat on the back the New York ladder truck still displays its old engine number. (Staff Photo: Curt Yeomans)

An F.D.N.Y. firefighters hat hangs from the back seat compartment on an old New York ladder truck. (Staff Photo: Curt Yeomans)

Fire hose nozzles are lined up in a back compartment on the old New York ladder truck. (Staff Photo: Curt Yeomans)

Unlike modern ladder company trucks, which have an attached ladder on top of the truck, the old New York truck had detachable ones on the side of the vehicle. (Staff Photo: Curt Yeomans)

Unlike modern ladder company trucks, which have an attached ladder on top of the truck, the old New York truck had detachable ones on the side of the vehicle. (Staff Photo: Curt Yeomans)

The old “Heavy Rescue” truck sits next to a 32-year old former New York fire truck which spent its later years with the North Lawrence Fire Department near the Canadian border. Collector Dave Williams owns the North Lawrence truck, which is known as “Big Blue” because of its paint scheme. (Staff Photo: Curt Yeomans)

North Lawrence Engine 290 promotes the use of smoke detectors. (Staff Photo: Curt Yeomans)

A 9-11 stick on the side of “Big Blue” pays homage to its roots with the F.D.N.Y. The North Lawrence Fire Department retired the truck in 2010. (Staff Photo: Curt Yeomans)

The American LaFrance display on the front of the 32-year old “Big Blue” shines like new. (Staff Photo: Curt Yeomans)

Morrow firefighter Jim Hudgell checks out some of the vintage features on “Big Blue.” (Staff Photo: Curt Yeomans)

Clayton County Fire and Emergency Services also had a truck on display at the competition. (Staff Photo: Curt Yeomans)

Oxygen tanks sit on display in the Clayton County fire truck. (Staff Photo: Curt Yeomans)

Chainsaws sit lined up in a compartment on the Clayton County fire truck. (Staff Photo: Curt Yeomans)

The Jaws of Life sit packed away in a compartment on the Clayton County truck. (Staff Photo: Curt Yeomans)

Hose equipment sits neatly in a compartment on the Clayton County fire truck. (Staff Photo: Curt Yeomans)

The Fulton County and Forest Park fire departments sent trucks to be put on display at the competition. (Staff Photo: Curt Yeomans)

A shiny siren sits on the front bumper of this Forest Park fire truck that was also on display. (Staff Photo: Curt Yeomans)

The Fulton County Fire Department sent its mass decontamination unit to be put on display even though the department did not participate in the competition. (Staff Photo: Curt Yeomans)

Forest Park was one of six fire departments featured in a fire truck display. (Staff Photo: Curt Yeomans)

The more modern Forest Park fire truck features display panels that use both dials and digital screens. (Staff Photo: Curt Yeomans)

By Curt Yeomans