FDNY THROWBACK THURSDAY - November 14, 1968 –Testing of new FDNY Mack Pumpers in Brooklyn.

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Can someone answer this question?
Some of the pumpers had the oval tent in the back and some did not. I know Engine 38 has an oval tent-like covering like the one in the picture above Can you tell me how many had these covering.
 

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The 20 1968 Mack CF models had the oval tent-like hose bed covering and the 35 1969 Mack CF models had the hose bed covering changed to the more familiar flatter version which was used until 1986.
 
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The original Hose Bed covers were rounded on the top then the subsequent ones had a more squared top.....the more squared ones gave more room underneath for packing Hose & or "taking cover" if need be from thrown objects....the fabric was "Hypalon" & designed to be tear resistant as well as offering some protection from a "molotov cocktail".........around 1970 there were also FF Turnout Coats made of a thinner Hypalon fabric with a flannel lining........ the Coats were good to shed water & wore well but did not offer that much heat resistance from radiant heat mostly due to the thinness of the Hypalon & the thin flannel inner liner.
 
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