• An aerial view of Old Faithful erupting taken from Observation Point with the Old Faithful Inn to the side.

    Yellowstone

    National Park ID,MT,WY

Willys/Howe Fire Trucks

YELL 131735-1 Willys/Howe fire truck in the museum collection.
1960 Willys Model 6-226 Four Wheel Drive Howe Commando Fire Truck. Museum Catalog Number YELL 131735.

This vehicle features a "Jeep" pick-up chassis and cab manufactured by Willys Motors, Inc., with fire equipment added by Howe Fire Apparatus Company. Equipment includes a front mounted pump (500 gal. per minute Waterous Model CF-3), 150 gal. capacity water tank, hoses, and fire extinguisher. Red lights are mounted on top of the cab and left front fender.
 
YELL 131735-2 One of the Yellowstone Willys/Howe fire trucks similar to the vehicle in the museum collection showing how it might have appeared prior to modification.
The body was modified at some point to include the addition of breathing apparatus on one side, railings mounted to the top of the cab and bed, as well as other noticeable changes. At one time, there were five trucks of this style in the park. This vehicle was last stationed at the Tower Junction area, and participated in fire suppression efforts at Grant Village during the forest fires of 1988. Removed from service in 1996, the vehicle's last use prior to inclusion in the museum collection was in the Livingston, Montana "Round-Up" parade in 1997.
 
YELL 131735-3 Another view of a Willys/Howe "Pumper" taken during the 1988 fires in Yellowstone. Location is the Madison River Canyon where the vehicle and crew were involved in suppressing the North Fork Fire.
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YELL 131735-1 Willys/Howe fire truck in the museum collection.

YELL 131735-2 One of the Yellowstone Willys/Howe fire trucks similar to the vehicle in the museum collection showing how it might have appeared prior to modification.

YELL 131735-3 Another view of a Willys/Howe "Pumper" taken during the 1988 fires in Yellowstone. Location is the Madison River Canyon where the vehicle and crew were involved in suppressing the North Fork Fire.

Did You Know?

Summer Crowd at Old Faithful.

At peak summer levels, 3,500 employees work for Yellowstone National Park concessioners and about 800 work for the National Park Service.