Fire Apparatus Photography is a provider of very high quality photographs
of fire service vehicles. The database includes over 17,000 separate
listings of vehicles photographed by Chuck Madderom of Bakersfield,
California and Shaun Ryan of Sparks, Nevada. The vehicle listings include
fire apparatus photography from throughout the United States as well
as from Africa, Asia, Europe, South America and the Caribbean. The listings
include federal, state, county, municipal and private fire department
apparatus. There is a wide variety of apparatus from modern units to
historic vehicles. Of particular interest are photographs from the FDNY
and LA County groups. The inventory of photographs is being augmented
on a regular basis from both past and current photographic efforts by
Chuck Madderom and Shaun Ryan.
UPDATES: Since his move to Bakersfield Chuck has added many recent
photos to the our collection. He has done a lot of work in Tulare and
Kern County with their Blue and White rigs and photographed nearly all
the local equipment. All of these new additions have been cataloged
and added to the consolidated database.
databases reflect over 650 photographs taken during 2011 as well as
additions made from past years' photography. For example, the LA County
database has been increased to 807 records; Fresno County to 203 records;
Kern County to 309 records; Kings County to 58 records; and Tulare County
to 127 listings. We have added new listings from other California areas
as well as North Carolina and Austria.
The vehicles included in this website were individually photographed.
We make every effort to pose each vehicle in full sunlight conditions
and take particular care to minimize background distractions. In our
database we provide technical information on each vehicle. Although
we have done our best to provide information that is correct, the accuracy
is not guaranteed and we welcome any corrections or additional information
that you may provide.
The website is configured for ease in searching. The listings are organized
into a number of fields including: state, county, department, year of
construction, chassis builder, chassis model, builder, builder’s
serial, capacities, type, unit designation, date of photography and
a remarks section. The last section provides additional information
on individual vehicles. Our Excel spreadsheets can be downloaded to
your computer and sorted to simplify your search. For visitors who do
not have Excel, we have provided the information in another format which
can be viewed on your computer.
Custom and Standard
Color 35mm film transparencies
are also available for some of the vehicles listed in the website. These
slides were taken on Kodachrome, Ektachrome and Fujichrome. These are
not duplicate slides, but original 35mm transparencies and are available
for $1.25 per slide.
We provide color enlargements of any of the listed vehicles. The basic
enlargement is a 4 x 6 inch print priced at $1.50 plus postage. We can
also provide printed enlargements in larger, custom sizes. Any enlargements
which are not satisfactory can be returned for a full refund.
We provide other services to our customers. These include scanning your
35mm slides, other film sizes and photographs and save them as digital
images using a high-resolution scanner. We can also enhance your images
through use of a software package, making such changes as color correction
or improving contrast, and saving them in a variety of formats on CD
or DVD discs. Please contact us for details.
Correspondence should be directed to: Shaun Ryan, 1660 Vicenza Drive,
Sparks, Nevada 89434-2288. Email us at: Penethol@AOL.com.