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What’s it like to drive a 410HP FIRE TRUCK?

I’m super excited to bring you this one, folks. As I was perusing possibilities for this week’s Ride, we were all set to vlog an episode Malibu Engine 70 driver, Joe Segreto. Right then and there it dawned on me that Joe and his 410-horsepower KME Predator fire engine were perfect candidates. 

So, may I present to you some serious Malibu awesomeness?

As we took a ride up through Malibu with Joe and his team of fire fighters during the shoot, I was humbled to experience just how humble these guys actually were. They’ve seen things that most of us would cringe at. But as with most firemen I’ve met, they were not only the nicest guys on the planet but a hoot to be around. And who wouldn’t be, driving this Caterpillar powered behemoth. 

With an air-to-air turbo and at 893 cubic inches, the Predator weighs in at just over 42,000 pounds. And that’s without equipment, baby. The motor is also equipped with a road and main pump that are both made by Hale. That means that it sprays some serious water.

“This engine is everything to our team,” Segreto said. “It gets us to and from all of our calls. On fires with the main pump engaged, it has the capability to pump up to 1500 gallons per minute of water. On brush fires with the road pump engaged it can produce over 300-psi for long hose lays.” 

The engine can receive water from multiple water sources, such as another engine, a hydrant or it can draft from a pool or lake if needed. That’s the cool part. It also is their shield on accidents. Ok, maybe that’s the cool part, too. 

There isn’t just one function that this fire engine is primarily used for. It has multiple functions that are used in every unique situation that these boys get themselves into. It’s an incredible machine. 

“When I first came to Malibu I was not used to driving an engine around the area,” Segreto said. “We went up Rambla Pacifico and started traveling down some very narrow roads with the cliffs on my side and rocks on the captain’s side. I kept telling the captain that we would not fit, but he just laughed and said keep going. At one point, I thought we were going to go over. Never the less, we made it and he got a kick out of it.” 

And what does Segreto think of being a fireman here in the Bu? 

“Malibu is beautiful: the beaches and views are breathtaking,” Segreto said. “But, what I love most are the residents. They truly make us feel appreciated for the work that we do.” 

Way to go, Malibuites. Engine 70 literally just drove by me with sirens blaring as I wrote this. Wow. Makes me feel proud and safe that someone’s out there fighting for what I love. 

And in case you’re wondering what Joe’s favorite movie car is — and I know you are — that would be Corvette Summer. 

“My father had a ‘72 vet with a blown 350 and that movie always reminded me of it. But runner-up would be Smokey and the Bandit.”

Congratulations, Joe! You and Malibu Fire Station 70 are this week’s Ride!

Some info on FIRE ENGINES from Wiki…

A fire engine (also known in some territories as a fire apparatus, fire truck, or fire appliance) is a vehicle designed primarily for firefighting operations. In addition, many fire departments/fire services often employ their vehicles for various other uses including emergency medical services and rescue purposes. The terms “fire engine” and “fire truck” are often used interchangeably but in North America represent different types of vehicles.

The primary purposes of a fire engine include transporting firefighters to an incident scene, providing water with which to fight a fire, and carrying other equipment needed by firefighters. A typical modern vehicle will carry tools for a wide range of firefighting and rescue tasks, with common equipment including ladders, a self-contained breathing apparatus, ventilating equipment, first aid kits, and hydraulic rescue tools.

Many fire vehicles are based on standard vehicle models (although some parts may be upgraded to cope with the demands of the vehicles’ usage). They are normally fitted with audible and visual warnings, as well as communication equipment such as two-way radios and mobile computer technology.

RIDE OF THE WEEK!! A 1949 Dodge Fire Truck


Ah, hidden Malibu gems. They’re everywhere, and in today’s Ride of the Week, I came upon a nearly brand new classic old 1949 Dodge Fire Truck owned by Peter Ireland.

Yea, you heard that right, kids.

Up on north Pacific Coast Highway is the Nature Trust of the Santa Monica Mountains and the old Malibu Riding and Tennis Club.

Virtually abandoned now, Ireland is the president of the trust. He spends his days caring for the grounds and planning cool events and keeping the place busy. It’s a great gig because the huge piece of land is just awesome.

As I drove up in the lush green playground, in the distance I spotted this flash of something red. Sure enough, it was Ireland’s ‘49 Fire Truck. The red beauty came from the Lake Parsippany Fire Department in New Jersey with 35,000 original miles – and that makes sense, as most fire trucks don’t put a lot of miles on their tires.

It was a Dodge B series, five windows “Pilot House” cab, flathead six-cylinder engine and a single throat down draft carburetor, Standard Boyer Fire Apparatus with a three-speed on the floor stick shift.

“I found her 10 years ago on Ebay,” revs Ireland. “She was begging to snowbird it to Malibu to get away from those cold ‘nor-easter’ winters.”

Don’t we all.

“Having been through every major fire in Malibu since 1981, I know the value of having a fire truck, pumping apparatus, fire hose and water supply at the ready when you need it,” Ireland said. “Plus, it was cheaper than buying a swimming pool pump that you can’t drive and doesn’t have a siren.”

What an awesome idea. You live in a town where Fires can get nasty, so you buy a fire truck and poke those puppies out with your own water rocket. Right now, I can hear little circuits going off in my head like squirrels having a nut powwow.

Oh, but there’s more, baby.

“The ‘Pilot House’ cab sets you up nice and high so you can see the whole world in front of you,” smiles Ireland in a gleeful kid-like grin. “But the sweetest part is the slow winding centrifugal siren made by the old Sterling Siren Fire Alarm Co. To crank her up, you got to stand on a big spring-loaded floor pedal, being careful not to mix it up with the brake or clutch pedal. After about a minute she’s singing better than Pavarotti.”

Give me images of Ireland standing on the back of the truck during a smoke-out, hose in one hand like Ahnuld and singing Pav’s notes of love.

So what does Ireland use it for when there are no fires?

“Peace of mind, mostly,” he said. “It’s my form of Zen.”

Yea, I can relate – although, my Zen is a 570 McLaren on Piuma. Just saying.

Then Ireland starts in with a quick diddy.

“Some years back, there was a beach related helicopter air-evacuation on PCH right in front of the ranch,” he said. “The County Fire Department had to close down Pacific Coast Highway to land the chopper. I could see everything from our parking lot without being in the way of any rescue work. After all the emergency response work was complete and the various response teams were starting to disperse, I fired up the old Dodge fire truck, stepped on the siren pedal and coasted into our parking lot above and overlooking PCH. At least the old fire truck brought smiles to the faces of those who were called to serve on that day.”

Yea, that’s nothin’ but awesome, Ireland. Sounds like that brand new classic spends time bringing joy in between times of serious flame eruptions. Just one look at her and the grin gets stuck in the upright position.

“I feel very lucky to be in Malibu,” Ireland said.

There are few vehicles that have the power that a fire engine does. Not Horsepower, but the power to elicit joy. I don’t care how old you are, a Fire Truck makes you feel like a kid and few of us actually find a way to make that permanent. But Ireland has, and I thank him for sharing it with me. Just need to figure out a way to make my garage a bit bigger now as I have eyes on buying a Ladder Truck. Anyone want to drive the rear for me? Shout out.

And finally, Ireland’s favorite movie car? The 1952 Jag XK 120 roadster his father drove in the original 1955 version of “The Fast and the Furious,” opposite Dorothy Malone (yes, there was an original).

“This was Roger Corman’s first AIP production,” Ireland said. “My father also co-directed it. This beautiful XK 120 Jag got more camera time than any other car in film that I can remember. Since part of it was filmed during the actual ‘Pebble Beach Road Races,’ there are some absolutely classic shots of vintage race cars during the actual road race. The film open at what may be the only existent film footage of the original “Saddle Peak Lodge.” My father tapped jazz great ‘Chet Baker Quartet’ to do the music.”


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Today’s Episode : Prior to Thanksgiving Din-din, Fireball location scouts for a commercial, then checks out a 1949 Dodge Fire Truck. Kathie builds a Ray Gun and Tentacle suckers. Um, yes.


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