Fire en­gine gets new life


A Palmer­ston North fire­fighter is fundrais­ing to re­fur­bish an old fire en­gine that once fought fires in Manawatū and Ran­gitīkei.

Se­nior fire­fighter Shane Betts is fundrais­ing to re­fur­bish a 1950 Ford V8 fire en­gine, used by the Palmer­ston North Fire Bri­gade in 1951.

Af­ter spend­ing time in Ohakune and Bun­nythorpe dur­ing its ser­vice life, it was given to the Palmer­ston North Fire Brig- ade’s so­cial club in 1981 and has sat in the yard at the Palmer­ston North sta­tion ever since.

Betts said restor­ing the V8 to its orig­i­nal con­di­tion was a big un­der­tak­ing.

‘‘Ev­ery part of the ve­hi­cle will need work, cost­ing up to $80,000.’’

Parts of the truck still worked but Betts said most of it needed to be re­stored.

‘‘It’s been sit­ting around in need of some TLC.’’

Among the work re­quired, the truck needed its pan­els re­plac­ing, as well as the wooden frame un­der­neath it.

How­ever, Betts said they hoped to have it up and run­ning by the end of next year - if they could get the money to­gether.

The idea was to use the V8 for com­mu­nity ac­tiv­i­ties like Christ­mas pa­rades, home fire safety aware­ness pro­grammes and school and com­mu­nity galas.

They were fundrais­ing through sev­eral streams to get the money needed as well as ap­ply­ing for grants.


Se­nior fire­fighter Shane Betts and se­nior fire­fighter Nathan Mooney in the 1950 Ford V8 Fire En­gine.

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