Monday, June 6, 2011
KEARNEY'S FIRST NEW PUMPER RETURNS HOME
The City of Kearney purchased it's first new fire truck
in 1967 which supported the 1957 Ford pumper 102 and was used primarily for
city fires. The truck was initially
called 104, and later changed to Eng 3. In
December of 1997 the 1967 Chevrolet Central Fire Truck was donated to the Stet
Volunteer Fire Department.
The truck originally purchased
for approximately $15,000 served the community until the Fire District was
formed in August of 1990 which it was then placed in reserve status when the
1990 Ford E 1 pumper was purchased. The pumper saw action during the flood of 1993
when it was used to assist the Riverside Public Safety department where it
pumped water from a warehouse area for forty eight hours continuously. It was also in service during the 1996
Missouri State Fair Fire Department operation.
The truck served us well in its
time, but its age, limited pumping capacity and limited personnel carrying
ability couldn't fulfill the districts growing needs. When the 1998 Pierce Quint vehicle was ready
to be delivered the 1967 was declared surplus.
The decision to donate, rather than sell the pumper to Stet came as part
of an arrangement in which Stet would receive the 1967 and donate their old
pumper to the second runner up. Since
the value of our pumper was minimal, our Board of Directors felt this
arrangement would benefit two departments that were just getting started. The Board felt it was very appropriate to
help provide a direct benefit in helping them protect their communities.
Pratt, President of the Kearney Firefighters Association
received a call the middle of May from the Stet Department offering to return
the truck back to us since they have acquired a newer model vehicle. On Wednesday, May 18th, they
traveled to Stet and drove the truck back home to Kearney.
Since the Association has the first two vehicles that started the
Kearney Volunteer Fire Department and since this was the first new vehicle
purchase for the department they felt it would compliment our "Preserving Our
History" program with having our first three original pumper trucks.