Jeep Cherokees in the Fire Service



WagoneerThe Jeep Wagoneer was the forerunner of the Cherokee, replacing the old Willys Station Wagon in 1963. This early Wagoneer was the Chief's car at Lakes Volunteer Fire Co. in Medford NJ, which in 1984 became Taunton Volunteer Fire Company. See more on their mascot Rocky the raccoon and their 1947 Boyer CJ-2A.

1967 WagoneerThis 1967 Wagoneer was assigned as Car 7 to Battalion 3 at Los Gatos, California, now part of the Santa Clara County Fire Department. This photo from the SCCFD Archive is part of a large collection of historical photos on the department's website, including a variety of cars and pickups from the 1950s and 60's. See also two Jeep M38A1 utility vehicles which served Los Gatos and Santa Clara County.

Swiss Cherokee

Switzerland 2008Here's a remarkable photo taken by Markus Hoffman on 30 August 2008 at a Jeep event called Jeeptreffen, at Rothrist, near Basel, Switzerland. As is evident from the badge on the door, the Jeep Liberty was known in Europe as the Cherokee. This one was owned by the Feuerwehr (Fire Department) in the nearby town of Oensingen, who have nicknamed the 2004 Jeep "Remo." (See also a right side view, 72K JPEG.)

Just behind the Liberty is the Vordemwald FC170, but I can't see enough of the other Jeeps to identify them.

XJ Cherokees

Introduced by American Motors in 1984 and produced for nearly two decades, the XJ Cherokee was a widely used command and utility vehicle with police, fire and EMS organizations in North America and in fact around the world.

Pennsylvania The long history of King of Prussia Volunteer Fire Company in Pennsylvania includes many examples of keeping up to date with the latest technology. In 1992 they acquired this Cherokee equipped to give the Chief expanded capability for radio and telephone communication. Photo by Al Powell.

IllinoisCheck out this nice all-red 2001 XJ belonging to the Fairfield Rural Fire Department, an all-volunteer department formed in 1984, which protects the area surrounding the City of Fairfield, Illinois.


IndianaFrench Lick Fire Deparment in Orange County, Indiana used this 1998 XJ as Squad 12, an EMS quick-response vehicle. Thanks to Frank Wegloski for the 2006 photo from IndianaFireTrucks.com.

DelawareA 1999 Cherokee was Command 1 for the McCutchanville Fire Department in Vanderburgh County, Indiana. Photo by C. Allen, 2007, courtesy IndianaFireTrucks.com.

Aberdeen XJs were obviously popular with Indiana fire companies. This Cherokee was sold in late 2018 by the Fruitdale, Indiana Volunteer Fire Department where it had been in service since 2003, covering an area that includes several state forests.

See also a rear view photo (230K JPEG).

U.S. Army

U.S. ArmyAnother overseas photo, but this one is from the fire department at the U.S. Army barracks in Grafenwoehr, Germany, formerly U.S. Army Group Grafenwoehr and now part of USAG Bavaria. Note the logo on the front grille.

Photo copyright Tobias Neubert, 2007.


Silver City OKAsst. Chief Bill Beall of the Silver City OK Volunteer Fire Department photographed their Unit 101, a 1990 Jeep Cherokee donated to SCVFD by Rick and Donna Krinard of Petaluma CA.

Bill said on the SCVFD website, "When we get a call, the Chief responds to the scene directly from his home. When the firefighters arrive at the station, the Chief radios the size-up, establishes command, and advises which equipment is needed. He then directs the units as they arrive, resulting in a well-conceived, well-coordinated, professional approach. (Yeah, right. That's the theory, anyway.) This unit carries a trauma kit, oxygen kit, blankets, tarps, a 20# ABC fire extinguisher, and the Chief's turnout gear."

See also Silver City's three Kaiser 6x6 Fire Trucks.

OklahomaThis 1997 Cherokee was photographed alongside the big crash trucks at Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City. WRWA is both a commercial airport and the site of an Air National Guard base. Photo courtesy okcairportfd at yngfire.com.

New Orleans Unit 520

New OrleansNew Orleans is a city filled with history, including the Good Friday fire of 1788 which burned much of the city to the ground, as well as Hurricane Katrina more recently. The volunteer brigade known as the Firemen's Charitable Association was formed in 1829, and evolved into the paid New Orleans Fire Department in 1891. The Department operates a museum in the former Fire House #23, the last fire house to trade in its horses for a motorized vehicle, in the early 1920's. This 2003 photo by Mike Albright nicely captures the juxtaposition of old and new in the famous French Quarter.

Conway West District Chief

Conway, ArkansasThe Conway, Arkansas west sub-station housed this Cherokee which is the city's West District Chief's unit. The west station is also home to Engine 5 and Engine 6, Pierce Sabers with 750 gallon tanks and 1,250 GPM pumps. Photo by Michael Cossey of Internet Engine & Hose.

Forest City Squad 41

Forest CitySquad 41 of the Forest City Fire Department in Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania, was a 1985 Jeep Cherokee used as a transport and command vehicle.

This was one of my Suggested Matchbox Cherokees for 2001.

New Zealand

New ZealandThis 1994 Chrysler Jeep was photographed at the Bay View Volunteer Fire Brigade, in the Hawke's Bay region of the North Island of New Zealand.

Photo by Derek Quinn at 111 Emergency.

Grand Cherokees

1996 ZJGeorge Aupperlee was a U.S. Navy Corpsman for 20 years and has been a civilian EMT/Paramedic for longer than that. His built-up, EMS-equipped '96 ZJ is on-call for rescue work at Paragon Adventure Park events.

He's seen here picking up a trophy at the 2004 All Breeds Jeep Show organized by PA Jeeps in York, PA.

North CarolinaAnother Grand Cherokee: Kill Devil Hills in North Carolina ran this 1996 ZJ as a command vehicle.

FDNYThe 2006 photo by Michele Sacco says it all. I don't have any further information on this WJ in FDNY livery in New York City. Photo courtesy of Fiamme Blu.

Thanks to Arleigh Movitz of the Santa Clara County FD, and Ron Richards for the Forest City photo. -- Derek Redmond

Also on CJ3B.info, see Jeep Cherokee Fire Service Toys and some Jeep Ambulances.

Return to Fire Service Jeeps.

FacebookVisit CJ3B.info on Facebook.

CJ3B Home | Contents | Search | Links | 3A and 3B Community

Last updated 15 October 2023 by Derek Redmond redmond@cj3b.info
All content not credited and previously copyright, is copyright Derek Redmond