Loss of a great friend and leader in our industry:

Today I received a call that Bruce Barklow had passed away this morning, March 3rd. Bruce was 85 years old. The family is not going to have a service for Bruce, per his wishes. Bruce was and has been an icon in the fire service dating back to around 1930, when his dad started Coast Fire Apparatus in Pittsburg, CA. Bruce officially retired from the Fire Service 11 years ago.

I was lucky to have an opportunity to be part of the family and learn from Bruce. His knowledge of fire truck parts was unbelievable. For those of you who dealt with Bruce you know what I mean. In my travels his name still comes up with many departments.

If you want to send the family a card please feel free to send it to his daughter.

Teri Brophy
2800 Fox Den Circle
Lincoln, Ca. 95648

Feel free to email me if you want something forwarded to the family.

John Burton
Vice President
Burton’s Fire Inc.

2 replies
  1. Barry Polley
    Barry Polley says:

    Very sorry to hear this news. Bruce was a good man with great knoledge of the Fire Industry. Worked with him for many years here in Richmond Fire. He will be missed. God speed Bruce.
    Barry Polley
    Senior Mechanic
    City of Richmond.Ca.

  2. Tony Zamora
    Tony Zamora says:

    I just checked out the SCFMA website for the first time and saw the post about Bruce. I met Bruce through the Fire Mechanics meetings and Academy. I had not seen Bruce in a long time or heard of him until now. It is sad to hear of his passing. My condolences to his family and friends. We have lost a good man and mentor.
    Tony Zamora
    Fire Equipment Supervisor
    City of San Bernardino Fire Dept.


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