Spring Hill (TN) to Restore Fire Apparatus

Fire Belle, a 1957 Ford fire truck, is being restored by citizens and business owners in Spring Hill. The truck was one of the first in Spring Hill.

The inaugural meeting of “Project Fire Belle” took place at city hall earlier this month, according to coordinator Judge Blair Morgan.

“The genesis of the idea occurred over the Christmas holiday when I and Col. and Mrs. Herb Grogan (Retired, U.S. Army) sat together over a meal, and discussed a great thing that could happen for our City this year,” she explained. “(We can) band together as a City to restore our last “City icon” that still exists and can be a future “rallying point” around our City’s unique identity and the hometown we all love so much”

Morgan said she “saw Fire Belle in action as a child, and it is a part of my fondest memories of growing up in Spring Hill.”

She added her “heart (the vision of the project) is that the restoration of Fire Belle will bond together ‘Old Spring Hill’ and ‘New Spring Hill’ and provide something that brings excitement to all ages of folks within our City.”

Fire Belle will be included in a number of city events as the committee rolls out the project throughout the year.

“Chief Farmer, who served as the volunteer fire chief for the City of Spring Hill and drove Fire Belle to fires, and Russell, who served for many years alongside Chief Farmer as a volunteer fireman, (before we had a full-time Fire Department in the City), provided stories about Fire Belle ‘back in the day.’

Morgan said that was a time “when (Fire Belle) and dedicated volunteer firemen from within the city were the only fire protection we had in Spring Hill for many, many years.”

Jeff Hardy, a Lieutenant with the Spring Hill Fire Department, attended the meeting representing the SHFD.

“The Department is excited to be a part of this community project, as many within the department (and Lt. Hardy in particular) have long desired to see Fire Belle restored and honored as a part of the department’s and the city’s history,” Morgan continues. “And the vision includes using Fire Belle as a rallying point around fire education events for our city’s children.”

Hardy said, “the Spring Hill Fire Department is excited about restoring ‘Fire Belle.’ This engine is a vital piece of the city’s history. And it’s restoration will allow for that history to be passed on to future generations. We are enthused about using Fire Belle in conjunction with our current fire education program at all the local schools and events.”

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