It won’t be branch to any fires, but Te Puke Blaze Army has a new accession to its agile that’s activity to be apparent about boondocks a fair bit.
Earlier this ages the army took commitment of a best blaze agent – a agnate archetypal to a blaze agent that was in alive account in Te Puke until the backward 1960s.
While the blaze agent was congenital in 1938, what happened in its aboriginal bristles years is a mystery. It is appropriate duke drive, so would not accept been acclimated in the US, but may accept originally appear from Canada.
Either way, by 1943 it was in New Zealand and was registered with the Upper Hutt Brigade.
”Obviously it would accept been one of their advanced band apparatus because it’s got the advanced army pump,” says agent arch blaze administrator Dale Lindsay.
In 1958 it went to Patutahi, abreast Gisborne.
”It was apparently acclimated for a baby army out there and they had it until 1971 aback it basically transferred to the Southward (Car) Museum Trust.
”It’s alone done 10,741 miles. It’s a collapsed arch V8 and it’s in appealing acceptable nick.”
Dale’s aboriginal army in Morrinsville had adequate its own 1936 V8 Ford.
He has been with the Te Puke army for 22 years and has consistently harboured ambitions to acquisition a acceptable best barter for the brigade.
”It would accept been admirable to clue our old one down, but we aloof couldn’t acquisition it – I did put some aerial out and tracked it bottomward to backcountry brigades in Kaingaroa or Ohura, about bottomward there, but absent clue of it. It was still acting as a rural forestry army pump as afresh as the 90s.”
”They are approved and true,” says chief firefighter Steve Hennum. ”They don’t charge abundant and as continued as they accept been maintained, they will accumulate activity and that’s why they are still a anatomic agent now.”
Dale says in the accomplished 10 years he has become a bit added austere about award a acceptable truck.
”My acquaintance in Morrinsville, who looks afterwards their truck, he put the aerial out. I was over there a few weeks ago and said ‘I’m still attractive for an old truck’ and he said ‘I apperceive a guy who’s got one for sale’. I said ‘what year is it?’ and he said ’38’ and I said ‘we’re attractive for a 38’.”
The ”guy” had bought the blaze agent from Southward Car Museum to add to his accumulating of Fords.
”He’s a Ford nut, but capital to get rid of it and he didn’t appetite it to go to addition who ability breach it down, booty the motor out of it and let it rot away.”
Aboriginal up the army wants to body a afford at Te Puke Blaze abject to abode the blaze engine, again apology can start.
”Our ambition is to restore it and get it back, not to exhibit condition, because we appetite to drive it, but adequate to we can use it as a association asset,” says Dale.
”The plan would be to get it bare down, get the coachwork all nice and again get it repainted.
”Probably the better affair we charge to do is the coachwork, because that’s an old academy accomplishment and I doubtable there won’t be actual abounding bodies about who can do old academy coachwork. So anybody in the association who does it, or knows addition who does it, we absolutely charge to apprehend from them because that’s activity to be the key.”
Army associates are acceptable to be able to do abundant of the work.
”We’ve got absolutely a acceptable accomplishment abject here, but I would say we are putting aerial out to the association too to see what acknowledgment there ability be,” says Steve. ”There ability be bodies out there who accept got old accessory or genitalia that we ability be missing because you can’t aloof go and buy new.”
Once restored, the plan is to use it at association contest such as the A&P Show, Santa Parade and Christmas in the Park, and additionally possibly as carriage to the academy brawl or for weddings.
”There is abeyant for it to become cocky funding, but we aloof charge a little bit of advice to get it beyond the line,” says Steve.
”This is article that can put aback to the association that supports us,” says Dale.
”Yes we are there for the community, we volunteer, but at the end of the day, if we charge go out to the association for fundraising they are amazing and we are beholden for that.”
Abounding added brigades accept best blaze trucks.
”They actualize so abundant interest,” says Dale. ”Every time we’ve had it [at the blaze station] we’ve had bodies walking past, endlessly and attractive at it and demography photos and aback we accept apprenticed bottomward the road, anybody after-effects at you and stops and stares and that is in the accompaniment its in – aback it’s accomplished its activity to be a absolute arch turner.”
Anyone who ability be able to advice can alarm Dale on 021 229 0226
SIDEBARTe Puke Blaze Army took commitment of its aboriginal 1938 Ford V8 barter in 1939.Unlike the best truck, it didn’t accept its own pump, so a pump had to be trailered abaft it.
The barter replaced a 1923 Archetypal T Ford blaze truck. Minutes of a affair captivated in June 1938 advance the Archetypal T had become able-bodied out of date and alarming and fabricated the army article of a bedlam stock. The barter was so slow, boys on advance bikes were able to canyon it aback it was on its way to a fire.
The 1938 Ford V8 blaze agent served the army until 1968 or 1969 aback it was replaced by a new Bedford blaze engine.
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