Engine Company Parks

Restored Diamond T

This fire engine is a fully restored and operational 1934 Diamond T. It was brought to Alcatraz Island (“The Rock”) in 1934 via the Panama Canal. Read more about the Diamond T and the fascinating history of Alcatraz Island (A unit of Golden Gate NRA in San Francisco).

Yellowstone track engine

Engine company parks are national park units that maintain an NPS staffed and owned Type I or II structure fire apparatus for structure fire and all-hazard response within the park. In most cases these parks are part of a local mutual aid agreement.

Currently 22 NPS sites maintain 49 fire stations, which are equipped with 68 apparatus (including 3 fire boats), and are staffed and supported by approximately 200–250 employees and partners. Structural fire suppression response provided by the NPS is best characterized as a Volunteer Fire Department. Although these parks comprise only 6% of the total number of sites in the NPS, many of them are seen as the agency's “crown jewels” and represent the first parks ever established.

Type 1 fire engine

Type I fire engine at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area

Did you know? That Yellowstone National Park has a fire engine with tracks instead of wheels for driving on snow?

Did you know? Although engine company parks comprise only 6% of the units in the NPS, They account for 25% of all NPS lands, for 60% of all visitation within the service, protect 26% of all NPS collections.

Did you know? There are a total of 30, 170 fire departments within the United States. Only 7% or 2,315 are staffed with career firefighters (paid). Approximately 70% or 21, 235 departments are staffed with all volunteers members.

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