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RIAFAS Antique Fire Trucks Roll in Buttonwoods

[CREDIT: Lincoln Smith] An aerial view of the Antique Fire Truck Show at the Maasonic Youth Center Sept. 27, 2021.

[CREDIT: Lincoln Smith] An aerial view of the Antique Fire Truck Show at the Maasonic Youth Center Sept. 27, 2021.
[CREDIT: Lincoln Smith] An aerial view of the Antique Fire Truck Show at the Maasonic Youth Center Sept. 27, 2021.
WARWICK, RI — The Rhode Island Antique Fire Apparatus Society (RIAFAS) hosted a truck show at the the Masonic Youth Center in Buttonwoods, featuring vintage fire extinguishing trucks, WPD’s K-9 team and birds-eye views.

Local photog Lincoln Smith took his camera along for a tour of the show, hight and low. Smith, a Warwick resident, whose dad, also Lincoln, a pastor at Lakewood Baptist for 23 years before his retirement in 1988, was a WFD chaplain. Regular readers of Warwick Post may also recall Smith’s numerous photographic submissions of scenes in Warwick.

“I was like a kid in a candy store with all the fire trucks.  I even got to go up in a tower ladder.  What a view from up there.  Took a lot of pictures.  Even got a picture of the WFD canine officer and his dog.  Weather was great and I had a fun time for a couple of hours,” Smith said.

RIAFAS is dedicated to the appreciation, preservation, and promotion of antique fire fighting equipment, as well as all things having to do with the history of fires, fire fighting, and fire safety. The non-profit was founded in 2004.

[CREDIT: Lincoln Smith] An aerial view of the Antique Fire Truck Show at the Maasonic Youth Center Sept. 27, 2021.
[CREDIT: Lincoln Smith] An aerial view of the Antique Fire Truck Show trucks heading toward  the Maasonic Youth Center Sept. 27, 2021.
[CREDIT: Lincoln Smith] WPD K-9 Unit - Officer Aaron Steere and his dog Garry during the Antique Fire Truck Show at the Masonic Youth Center Sept. 27, 2021.
[CREDIT: Lincoln Smith] WPD K-9 Unit – Officer Aaron Steere and his dog Garry during the Antique Fire Truck Show at the Masonic Youth Center Sept. 27, 2021.
[CREDIT: Lincoln Smith] Stephen Nunes standing by his 1955 American LaFrance during the Antique Fire Truck Show at the Masonic Youth Center Sept. 27, 2021.
[CREDIT: Lincoln Smith] Stephen Nunes standing by his 1955 American LaFrance during the Antique Fire Truck Show at the Masonic Youth Center Sept. 27, 2021.
[CREDIT: Lincoln Smith] A Pawtuxet, 1972 Hahn. Standing beside it is Paul Shernan who is still listed as Captain of the fire company. Sherman posed during the Antique Fire Truck Show at the Masonic Youth Center Sept. 27, 2021.
[CREDIT: Lincoln Smith] A Pawtuxet, 1972 Hahn. Standing beside it is Paul Shernan who is still listed as Captain of the fire company. Sherman posed during the Antique Fire Truck Show at the Masonic Youth Center Sept. 27, 2021.
[CREDIT: Lincoln Smith] A wide view during the Antique Fire Truck Show at the Masonic Youth Center Sept. 27, 2021.
[CREDIT: Lincoln Smith] A wide view during the Antique Fire Truck Show at the Masonic Youth Center Sept. 27, 2021.
[CREDIT: Lincoln Smith]  The Providence Tower Ladder 2 - 1975 Mack during the Antique Fire Truck Show at the Masonic Youth Center Sept. 27, 2021.
[CREDIT: Lincoln Smith] The Providence Tower Ladder 2 – 1975 Mack during the Antique Fire Truck Show at the Masonic Youth Center Sept. 27, 2021.
[CREDIT: Lincoln Smith]  From Three Rivers, CT - 1984 Hahn, during the Antique Fire Truck Show at the Masonic Youth Center Sept. 27, 2021.
[CREDIT: Lincoln Smith] From Three Rivers, CT – 1984 Hahn, during the Antique Fire Truck Show at the Masonic Youth Center Sept. 27, 2021.
[CREDIT: Lincoln Smith] From  Lewiston, CT - 1935 Maxim,  during the Antique Fire Truck Show at the Masonic Youth Center Sept. 27, 2021.
[CREDIT: Lincoln Smith] From
Lewiston, CT – 1935 Maxim, during the Antique Fire Truck Show at the Masonic Youth Center Sept. 27, 2021.
[CREDIT: Lincoln Smith] From Providence, a 1957 Ward LaFrance - Special Showpiece: Richard Quetta owns this restored antique truck that serves as a memorial to his late brother Frank           Quetta, Jr. who was a Battalion Chief. He brought the truck for show ​during the Antique Fire Truck Show at the Masonic Youth Center Sept. 27, 2021
[CREDIT: Lincoln Smith] From Providence, a 1957 Ward LaFrance – Special Showpiece: Richard Quetta owns this restored antique truck that serves as a memorial to his late brother Frank Quetta, Jr. who was a Battalion Chief. He brought the truck for show during the Antique Fire Truck Show at the Masonic Youth Center Sept. 27, 2021.
[CREDIT: Lincoln Smith] From Greenville, Engine 1, a 1963 Mack,  during the Antique Fire Truck Show at the Masonic Youth Center Sept. 27, 2021.
[CREDIT: Lincoln Smith] From Greenville, Engine 1, a 1963 Mack, during the Antique Fire Truck Show at the Masonic Youth Center Sept. 27, 2021.

Rob Borkowski
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Rob has worked as reporter and editor for several publications, including The Kent County Daily Times and Coventry Courier, before working for Gatehouse in MA then moving home with Patch Media. Now he's publisher and editor of WarwickPost.com. Contact him at editor@warwickpost.com with tips, press releases, advertising inquiries, and concerns.

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