Firefighters are looking to repurpose Engine 1, the city’s first fire truck, and use it during events. In the future, they plan to have the truck on display in the fire hall.
Officials say there were discussions about the city taking on the restoration project. However, expending public funds for a restoration project became an issue.
Engine 1 is in “reasonable mechanical condition” but isn’t roadworthy and would cost $50,000 to restore, an official says. The city could auction off the apparatus or dispose of it, but the city would then lose the historical value.
Starting in 2016, the Firefighters Charitable Society has given back $300,000 to the community to assist 120 families with medical travel needs.