Video: Engine 51, of 'Emergency!' fame, hits the streets

The engine has been in the Los Angeles County Fire Museum shop since the museum was closed for COVID-19 restrictions

Update: 10/21/20 — Following some time in the shop, Engine 51 was moved back to the Los Angeles County Fire Museum.

Some of the work done to the famed engine, per the Museum: "A new water pump, new belts, oil/filter change, new hoses, new oil lines, new remote oil cooler, new antenna, replace headliner, install back window, install drip rail over compartment door, install all new compartment door seals, new coolant filter, new fuel filter, new injector pun hoses, Remote oil cooler hoses, new transmission fluid, new power steering hoses, new heater hoses, remove powder coat and re install the the under cab radiator air scoop, drain/flush fuel tank."

By Laura French

BELLFLOWER, Calif. — Engine 51, a 1973 Ward La France Ambassador pumper made famous by the TV show "Emergency!," is running again after spending some time in the shop at the Los Angeles County Fire Museum. 

The museum said in a Facebook post that getting the engine running again was a culmination of months of hard work by mechanics. The engine received a new water pump, oil change, fuel tank wash-out, fuel filters, oil filters, new hoses, new gaskets, new belts and more, according to the museum. 

"She sounds happy!" the Facebook post read. 

According to a recent issue of Fire Warden, a museum publication, Engine 51 was moved to the shop after the museum closed due to COVID-19 restrictions. A virtual 3D tour of the shop is available on the Los Angeles County Fire Museum website


After a few months of hard work by master mechanic Ted and help from Rick and Joe Engine 51 runs again. Some of the maintenance performed included but are not limited to, New water pump, oil change,fuel tank wash out, Fuel filters, oil filters, new hoses, gaskets, new belts, And much more!!!!!! She sounds happy! Read more about the hard work. Download the PDF of our last issue of the Fire Warden which covers this in The Shop article on page 26 & 27.

Posted by Los Angeles County Fire Museum on Wednesday, September 23, 2020


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