Old Fire Truck Back in Charlottesville

By: Cheryn Stone Email
By: Cheryn Stone Email

The Charlottesville Fire Department is turning back the clock as they acquire an additional vehicle to their fleet. But this truck won't be on the front lines of any incidents around town.

The Old Dominion Historical Society has had the truck for the last several years. They offered it back to the fire department where it was originally housed. The department jumped at the opportunity.

Deputy Fire Chief Britt Grimm says, "The big thing for us is the historical connection, there's a lot of tradition involved in firefighting."

Bought in 1929, the truck is the city's third motorized fire vehicle ever.

"Before 1920 all of Charlottesville's fire apparatus was either horse drawn or pulled by the firefighters themselves," Grimm says.

The Deputy Chief says the old engine two was probably used for 10 years or so on the front line.

Crews are working on restoring the truck. The department wants to make it look just like it did almost 80 years ago.

They hope to ride the antique in parades and festivals around town.

"Most of the people that work in fire stations grew up looking at pictures of old fire trucks, so to have one and actually be able to look at it, see how it operates is really pretty neat," Grimm says.

The truck was donated to the department. All they had to pay for was the towing bill.

Grimm says the old truck cost around $9,000 back in the 1920s. He says their vehicles now can cost from $500,000 to $1,000,000.

The department is looking for a safe, secure place to store their old engine.

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