A 1954 fire truck with a Darley pump that was used by the Chippewa Falls (WI) Fire Department until its 1987 trade-in is returning to the city, reports chippewa.com.
After finding it sitting in a field, area firefighters purchased the truck for $1,500 in 2010 and have since been restoring it. The report says the apparatus has been stored in numerous places over the past decade.
Once fully restored, the apparatus will be on public display at the new Chippewa Area History Center, which is under construction but slated to open next spring, the report says.
The truck—24 feet long and eight feet tall and wide—was constructed by Four Wheel Drive Auto Company. The engine, the original, was built in Waukesha, according to the report. It’s a fully functional truck, except that it doesn’t pump water, officials say.
It’s currently at Legacy Painting & Sideblasting in Galesville getting a new paint job, and officials expect to take delivery of it later this month. Then, finishing touches such as lights and bumpers will be added.
A 1954 fire truck that was used by the Chippewa Falls Fire Department until it was sold in 1987 is returning to the city, and when the public gets a chance to see it, the antique vehicle will look shiny… https://t.co/ZYecR890Vm— Chippewa Herald (@ChippewaHerald) November 30, 2021