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221 Reo Fire Engine
 

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221 Reo Fire Engine

Reo Motors Company was based in Lansing, Michigan and produced cars and trucks through the early 1900's to mid 1970's. The company was founded by Rensom Olds and his partners. Rensom Olds was also the creater of Oldsmobile automobiles. He later sold his share in the company because of differences in the way the company was being run. The company produced cars, trucks, and buses and by 1907 it had become one of the four biggest car companies in the U.S.A with $4 million income.

The REO Speedwagon is the vehicle that the REO fire engine is based on. These vehicles were known for their strength and durability is considered to be the ancestor of pickup trucks today. The fire engine on top of the flatbed was built by Childs- Foamite Company. The REO fire engine was a combination fire engine which ment that it had two ways of pressurizing water. Located on the side of the truck contained a tank of soda water solution which would start a chemical reaction pressurizing water. This water then would be used for fire fighting. Another way was using the rotary gear pump which could pressurize and pump 300 gallons of water per minute.

In the context of the story, the Coalhouse workers attack Muncipical Fire Station No.2, and blow it up. During these events a REO fire engine and an ambulance also gets destroyed.

http://jliptrap.us/Reo.htm

http://www.conceptcarz.com/vehicle/z14578/Reo-Speedwagon.aspx

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