Ward LaFrance Truck Corporation
Founded 1916
Founder(s) Addison Ward LaFrance
Defunct 1979
Headquarters United States
Industry motor vehicle
Products Fire apparatus and truck manufacturer

The Ward LaFrance Truck Corporation was an American manufacturer of trucks and fire apparatus founded by Addison Ward LaFrance in 1916 in Elmira Heights, NY.[1] The company ceased operations in 1979.

LaFrance was a relative of the founder of the similarly named fire apparatus manufacturer American LaFrance.[2]

Ward LaFrance built tank wreckers for the US military, vans for United Parcel Service, over the road tractors, cement trucks, dump trucks, chassis for buses and trolleys, and armored cars.

Perhaps the best known Ward LaFrance product was the P-80 "Ambassador" model of pumper, one of which was donated by the company to be used as the fictional Los Angeles County Fire Department Engine 51 on the 1970s television program Emergency!.[3]

See alsoEdit


  1. "History". Retrieved on April 11, 2011.
  2. (2007) Emergency!, illustrated, Jones & Bartlett Publishers, 96. ISBN 978-0-7637-4896-8. Retrieved on June 19, 2009. 
  3. "Engine 51". Archived from the original on 2009-10-26. Retrieved on June 19, 2009.

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