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In 1992, Virginia Beach sold the rig to the Cove (OR) Rural Fire District. The rig made a cross-country trip to its new home. The department modified the unit, making it a pumper-tanker, installing a 1,800-gallon water tank. The rig also got a coat of yellow paint.
The Kempsville pumper stood out even more in an all-white coat of paint. The Virginia Beach (VA) Fire Department would run the 671 Detroit Diesel powered rig until 1991, first as a front-line pumper and then later as a spare pumper.
Young Equipment may be best remembered for its distinctive Crusader and Crusader ll custom apparatus built in the late 1960s and early 1970s. The low-profile cabs and “Wayne Bus” style teardrop two-piece windshield made a Young Crusader easy to identify back in that era.
Young Equipment may be best remembered for its distinctive Crusader and Crusader ll custom apparatus built in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Pumpers and aerial models both featured the distinctive cab.
At an apparatus age of more than 40 years, this could have been the end for the Crusader. Instead, retired Cove Chief Sonny Johnson thought the rig may have some collector value or be returned to the department that had sold the rig to them. He picked up the phone and called back east to Virginia Beach. Was there any interest in having a unique piece of fire apparatus go back home?