Here's a remarkable photo taken by Markus Hoffman on 30 August 2008 at a Jeep event called Jeeptreffen, at Rothrist, near Basel, Switzerland. As is evident from the badge on the door, the Jeep Liberty is still known in Europe as the Cherokee. This one is owned by the Feuerwehr (Fire Department) in the nearby town of Oensingen, who have nicknamed the 2004 Jeep "Remo." (See also a right side view, 72K JPEG.)
Just behind the Liberty is the Vordemwald FC170, but we can't see enough of the other Jeeps to identify them.
More details on George Aupperlee's EMS-equipped '96 Grand Cherokee can be seen on the website of the Blue Mountain Jeep Alliance in Pennsylvania. George was a U.S. Navy Corpsman for 20 years and has been a civilian EMT/Paramedic for longer than that. His built-up ZJ is on-call for rescue work at Paragon Adventure Park events.
He's seen here picking up a trophy at the 2004 All Breeds Jeep Show organized by PA Jeeps in York, PA.
You don't see many Grand Cherokees in the Fire Service, but there are plenty of XJ Cherokees. Introduced by American Motors in 1984 and produced for nearly two decades, the XJ was a popular command and utility vehicle with police, fire and EMS organizations in North America and in fact around the world.
Asst. Chief Bill Beall of the Silver City Volunteer Fire Department photographed this 1990 Jeep Cherokee, donated to SCVFD by Rick and Donna Krinard of Petaluma, CA.
Bill says on the SCVFD website, "When we get a call, the Chief responds to the scene directly from his home. When the firefighters arrive at the station, the Chief radios the size-up, establishes command, and advises which equipment is needed. He then directs the units as they arrive, resulting in a well-conceived, well-coordinated, professional approach. (Yeah, right. That's the theory, anyway.) This unit carries a trauma kit, oxygen kit, blankets, tarps, a 20# ABC fire extinguisher, and the Chief's turnout gear."
See also Silver City's three Kaiser 6x6 Fire Trucks.
The Jeep Wagoneer was the forerunner of the Cherokee, replacing the old Willys Station Wagon in 1963. This 1967 Wagoneer was assigned as Car 7 to Battalion 3 at Los Gatos, California, now part of the Santa Clara County Fire Department. This photo from the SCCFD Archive is part of a large collection of historical photos on the department's website, including a variety of cars and pickups from the 1950's and 60's. See also two Jeep M38A1 utility vehicles which served Los Gatos and Santa Clara County.
New Orleans is a city filled with history, including the Good Friday fire of 1788 which burned much of the city to the ground, as well as Hurricane Katrina more recently. The volunteer brigade known as the Firemen's Charitable Association was formed in 1829, and evolved into the paid New Orleans Fire Department in 1891. The Department operates a museum in the former Fire House #23, the last fire house to trade in its horses for a motorized vehicle, in the early 1920's. This 2003 photo by Mike Albright nicely captures the juxtaposition of old and new in the famous French Quarter.
The Woodstock (New York) Fire Department uses this XJ to carry its paramedic equipment through the New York State winters and summers. Note the under-bumper siren. See a rear view photo (40K JPEG).
These photos were taken when I was passing through town on the 30th anniversary of the 1969 Woodstock Pop Festival.
The Conway, Arkansas west sub-station houses this Cherokee which is the city's West District Chief's unit. The west station is also home to Engine 5 and Engine 6, Pierce Sabers with 750 gallon tanks and 1,250 GPM pumps.
Photo by Michael Cossey of Internet Engine & Hose.
Squad 41 of the Forest City Fire Department in Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania, was a 1985 Jeep Cherokee used as a transport and command vehicle.
This 1989 Cherokee was a Chief's unit with the Aberdeen Fire Department in Aberdeen, Maryland. It was retired in 2004.
Another Grand Cherokee: Kill Devil Hills in North Carolina ran this 1996 ZJ as a command vehicle.
Thanks to Arleigh Movitz of the Santa Clara County FD, and Ron Richards for the Forest City photo. -- Derek Redmond
Also on The CJ3B Page, see Jeep Cherokee Fire Service Toys.
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