The Wake Forest Fire Department has welcomed home an old friend. The original Wake Forest Rural Fire Department pumper truck had sat for years, halfway though a restoration, but left rusting in a field.
But just recently the Wake Forest Fire Department got the call and they were asked if they would like the truck. You don’t need to ask twice. Yes! Thank you.
Members of the department spent about five hours cutting the hulk out of the vegetation growing through it, in it, on it, and over it.
At the end of hours of the hot and sweaty effort the pumper was free and could be drawn up on a flatbed truck to return to Station #1.
The pumper first went into service in 1956 when the department purchased the surplus 1942 Chevrolet 1 1/2 ton pumper truck from Civil Defense.
Back in the day the pumper was all prim and proper and a proud representative of the department. The hope is with a little elbow grease and extra effort, this beloved member of the department can be back again representing the WFFD.
I can already picture it at the front of a Town parade.