Salida (CO) Fire Department Seeks Funds for Fire Apparatus Restoration

The Salida Fire Department is raising matching funds for a State Historical Fund competitive grant to restore the city’s first motorized fire engine, a 1911 Kissel fire truck, said Fire Chief Doug Bess.

Bess said the fire department will be required to raise $15,000, which is the 25-percent match of the $60,000 grant needed to restore the truck.

According to the city, the Kissel was in service from November 1912 until April 1942 when it was replaced with an International Howe (which the city still has). The Kissel was then relegated to the City Water Works on Little River.

Known problems include:

Needs the original updraft carburetor.

The steering is very stiff and needs work.

The engine needs to be inspected and freshened up.

The wooden steering wheel is held together with tape.

The body is in great shape but needs paint.

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