Santa Clara County Fire Department


Campbell Fire Station
123 Union Av
Campbell, CA 95008

Built: 1982

station 11

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Unlike most stations, Campbell was designed with a pair of slides to allow firefighters to quickly get from the living quarters on the second floor to the equipment bays. They are considered safer to use than the more traditional fire poles. Campbell station is responsible for the department's spare PPE (Personal Protective Equipment): turnouts, boots, helmets, etc. The station also has an extractor (a special clothes washer) for cleaning turnouts.

See the apparatus page for an explanation of the vehicle renumbering.


Engine 81 (formerly Engine 11) is a 2001 KME with a 1250gpm (4740 l/m) pump.

truck 111

Truck 181 (formerly Reserve truck 111) is a 1993 Spartan/HiTech/LTI quint with 1500gpm (5685 l/m) pump, 400 gallon (1515 l) tank, 75' (23M) rear-mount aerial ladder, and Class A foam system. It previously served as truck 5. Shown here in its new livery, 29 July 2003.

e20 Kenworth engine 20

right photo: Official Photograph Santa Clara County

Engine 20 is a 1949 Van Pelt/Kenworth with a 1250gpm (4740 l/m) pump. Active until 1977, it is now used only in parades. Shown in the second photograph in front of Shannon Station. This was the first new apparatus purchased by the then Central Fire District. When placed in service during 1950, it was the only 1250gpm pumper between San Francisco and Los Angeles. Being an open cab rig with no roof, the windshield was built with wipers on both the outside and the inside of the glass.

Additional interior shots of the station can be seen on the Public Education Fire Station Tours page.


The former engine 11 is a 1989 KME/15750 with a 1500gpm (5685 l/m) pump. It now serves as reserve engine 110.


Former reserve Truck 111 was a 1982 FMC/Van Pelt Duplex D-300 with a 1500gpm (5685 l/m) Hale Q150 two-stage centrifugal pump. It had a 55' (16.5m) LTI Model 2-S water tower with boom mounted ladder, a 405 HP 8V 92TAC Detroit Diesel engine with Allison HT740-D transmission, a 400 gallon (1515 l) tank and carried 22 gallons (83 l) of foam. For hoses, it carried 200' (60 m) each of 1-1/2" (38mm) and 2-1/2" (65mm) hose, 1200' (360 m) of 3" (75mm) hose, and 200' (60 m) of 3/4" (20mm) high pressure hose on a reel. It also had an integral Onan 6000 watt 110-220V diesel generator. As described in the "Ring Down", the unions internal newsletter, when it arrived,

The main water tower nozzle is capable of delivering 1000gpm at full extension from a minus 10° to 90° elevation. The nozzle is remotely controlled from top of the ladder fly, the turntable base, or the pump panel. The water tower itself is controlled from the turntable base or remotely from the pump panel. The foam system is controlled from the pump panel, as is the diesel generator set. 110-220 volt power is available from either right or left center panel area. Two high intensity Quartz-Halogen 220,000 candlepower lights are mounted integrally at both right and left jumpseat areas.

Remote 4-inch [100mm] pump suction waterways are plumbed both front and rear. The pump is outfitted with four droop-snoot discharge gates (two right and two left), with two rear-controlled dischargers.

A totally new brake system was spec'd with Kelsey-Hayes air actuated disk brakes on all four wheels. This was deemed necessary after having driven apparatus similarly spec'd without the use of disc brakes. As with any new concept, time and experience will be the end factor in the future use by us of the new system.

This truck was retired in 2002.

antique iconHistoric Photos

For historic photos of Campbell's Fire Department, before it joined County, click here.

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