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Daily Five: Fire Truck For Sale

Five things to know for Wednesday, June 27, 2012.

 

1. What's the Weather? Sunny, with a high near 80. Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 59. Courtesy of the National Weather Service.

2. Engine One Goes to the Highest Bidder The Durham Volunteer Fire Department (through the town) is auctioning off Engine One. That's right, you can buy this rather large piece of town history! The auction starts at 10 a.m. this morning and ends July 11. The yellow fire truck has served the town and nearby communities for 25 years. Here's the tale of the tape: 

Year: 1986

Make: FMC Fire Apparatus

Chassis: Ford C-8000

Motor: Cat 3208 – 250 hp Turbo

Transmission: Allison Automatic Transmission

Pump: Hale 1250 GPM Pump

Pump Hours: 409.2

Engine Hours – 1789.0

Tank:  Fiberglass

Capacity: 500 gallons

Condition: Good to Excellent

Mileage: 24,911

Accessory Equipment:

3,000 ft Angus 5” Hi-Volume LDH supply hose

6” Camlock Suction Hose

Other miscellaneous fittings.

Comments: Apparatus was purchased new in 1987 from FMC Fire Apparatus. Unit has served the Town of Durham, Connecticut and its surrounding Mutual Aid communities for twenty five years.

For more information:  Chief Robert Chadd phone: 860-342- 8777 email: rchadd@townofdurhamct.org

3. Gillette, His Castle and the Ner-A-Car Linda Halliday of Killingworth emailed Patch this week to let us know that her husband's 1922 Ner-A-Car has been loaned to Gillette Castle for the season.

"William Gillette owned a 1924 Neracar and there is a picture of him on it in one of the upper rooms," she said.

Admission to the visitor center is FREE.

4. Flags for Sale Celebrate the 4th of July in style by purchasing a U.S. Flag kit from the Middlefield Historical Society. The kits are $20 and include a 3x5 flag, pole and eagle. Call 860-349-0665.

5. Become a Member Are you interested in Durham's history? Become a member of the town's Historical Society today. New members are always welcome!

DG June 27, 2012 at 12:05 PM
If the firetruck up for auction is in "good to excellent" condition and has such low mileage, does anyone know WHY the DVFD is getting rid of it? I hope that, in a few years, we don't see them asking for a new truck for serving the town and mutual aid because they no longer have enough trucks.
John June 27, 2012 at 12:59 PM
The trucks are on a planned replacement schedule, typically after about 25 years of service, even longer for new trucks. This avoids extremely expensive repair bills when the trucks become older and break, which the town has to scramble to find money for. With the planned replacement a bit of money is put aside each year in anticipation of the trucks replacement. I think the truck up for auction was already replaced back in 2010, saw the new one at the parade this year. Also, auctioning off the replaced truck allows the town a chance to recoup some money to offset the cost of the new one.

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