The Greenfield and District (Canada) Volunteer Fire Department recently bought a tanker for just $1, and the apparatus was pulled into action a few days later, reports thestar.com.
It all started about a year ago during a call when the motor went out in Greenfield’s 30-year-old tanker. Reluctant to spend $10,000-$40,000 for a temporary fix, a fire official noticed the Facebook page Nova Scotia Fire Equipment Swap and Trade or Sell and quickly responded.
An official Kennetcook had posted the tanker for $1 and agreed to sell it at that price with a gentleman’s agreement that Greenfield would do the same when it was time for them to sell it.
The truck had been gifted previously to Kennetcook—which used it for several years—for the same price by Maitland Fire Department.
Greenfield’s new truck—a 1997 Freightliner that holds about 1,500 gallons of water, the same amount its predecessor held—was picked up from Kennetcook on April 19, and, five days later, was called into action to battle a forest fire at Molega Lake.
It’s hoped that this latest apparatus will last the department for at least the next 12-14 months, until it receives a new one that was ordered last week, after the department secured a $600,000 loan.