Kingsford plans to loan its 1929 Ford Model AA fire truck to the Menominee Range Historical Foundation for display at the World War II Glider and Military Museum in Iron Mountain.
The city council instructed City Attorney Bruce Brouillette to draft an agreement, after hearing museum representative Guy Forstrom of Quinnesec say the truck would be a welcomed addition.
In recent years, city officials said, the truck has simply been in storage.
Kingsford will propose, initially, a seven-year loan. The city will still own the vehicle and could reclaim it with a 90-day notice.
Forstrom, who was saluted by the Michigan Historical Foundation for his work in restoring Breitung Township’s 1930 Model AA fire truck (equipped with 1923 apparatus), said the Kingsford truck needs only minor restorative work for display.
The main feature of the museum is a fully restored CG-4A World War II glider. From 1942-45 Ford Motor Co.’s Kingsford plant built 4,190 such gliders for use in combat operations.
Kingsford’s antique fire truck was originally owned and used by the Ford plant, Forstrom noted.
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