Maine: Town's 83-year-old fire truck still going strong

  • Source: WTHR-TV NBC 13 Indianapolis
  • Published: 11/19/2020 12:00 AM

Hiram's fire chief Bruce Pyburn is proud to show off the town's first fire truck. "This is the original lettering, all gold leaf, original hoses, original ladder," Pyburn said. "It's a '37 Dodge that has been with the department since day one." The truck was purchased in 1937, the same year the Hiram Fire Department was started. "We have all the paperwork upstairs when it was first ordered," Pyburn said. That includes the truck's original bill of sale. It was bought for the price of $3,400. Also, preserved on film, is Hiram's first firefighters in action, using their new truck for training. "Some of these old photographs of these guys on these trucks and the equipment and what they were wearing. God love them what they were able to do with what they had at the time," Pyburn said. The town's first fire truck ran calls until 1983. "It was a working fire truck for 50 years, so pretty cool."


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