Welcome to my website. I hope you enjoy the fire service history on this web page,
which has been part of my fire service career for more than fifty-two years, as well
as other fire service related information, photographs and links to other websites.
I am honored to continue to serve the fire service community on the boards of
directors for the International Association of Fire Chiefs Foundation and as Vice
President of the National Fire Heritage Center (Heritage Hall of America's Fire
Services and Fire Protection Disciplines, Inc.).
My book, "Firefighting with Henry's Model T", a pictorial history of the role Henry
Ford's Model T played in community fire protection sold out quickly and a few copies
remain from the second printing. The second edition is nearly completed and should be
available soon. A link is available to order a copy of the first edition or reserve
a copy of the second edition. Please email me at
firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any information or pictures of Model T Ford
fire apparatus you would like to see included in the Second Edition.
Chief Bill Killen and the 1918 Mount Clemons Fire Car
This past April I had the distinct pleasure to photograph and drive one of the
original "Crash Trucks" purchased by the US Army Signal Corps for airfield firefighting.
Unfortunately I was unable to convince the owner that he should sell his 1918 Model T
Ford American LaFrance Double Tank Chemical to me. The history and photographs of this
unique vehicle is incorporated in the Second Edition and will be featured in a new
book "Crash Trucks" to be published in 2013.
Chief William D. "Bill" Killen, CFO, FIFireE