Description I spotted this 1955 Diamond T pumper fire truck on Hwy. 71 in Mena, Arkansas which had been decommissioned and retired.A fire engine may have several methods of pumping water onto the fire, such as passing water obtained from a fire hydrant through hoses or using a pumping 'cannon' (also known as a monitor or deck gun); some trucks have an onboard water reservoir. Early pumpers used cisterns as a source of water. Many rural fire engines still rely upon cisterns or other sources for drafting water into the pumps.After speaking with Mr. Larry Lay, the Fire Chief of Shady Grove, I learned a little bit of this old truck's service history. Shady Grove Rural Volunteer Fire Department aquired this truck around 1985, after it had already served its function for some 30 years! Shady Grove RVFD then put it to use about 13 years before retiring it. The current owner, Mr. Carl Osthoff of Hatfield, Arkansas stated, 'It still runs good and the pump still works!' They sure don't make them like they used to!Digitally manipulated photograph.Scaled to a square format.This image is COPYRIGHT REGISTERED~~ALL RIGHTS RESERVED~~MCN:CAVV4-L99RG-KCQ8R
Betty Northcutt, Beckville, Texas Member Since November 2010 Artist Statement Betty Northcutt is most at home in rural communities and this is where she photographs her favorite subjects. From her home base in Beckville, Texas, she finds that the natural, nostalgic and sometimes rustic environment to be her inspiration.
She continues to challenge herself to explore new digital techniques in an effort to invent a unique perspective on her subject matter. However,with future projects, she will surely cling to her nostalgia, for this is where her passion lies.