North Carolina first responders blazing new trail with fire engine party bus

  • Source: WLOS-TV ABC 13 Asheville
  • Published: 01/18/2023 12:00 AM

VIDEO/PHOTOS: Two local first responders are setting the downtown Asheville scene on ‘fire’. Technically retired, Tanker 364 is now blazing a new trail in western North Carolina. It’s not your typical fire engine anymore. Tanker 364 has been transformed into the ‘Hot Zone Party Fire Engine' – the brainchild of Terry Whitaker and Dakota Andrews. “This is a C-8000 Ford tanker from Lattimore Fire Department,” Whitaker said. “It cost us, I think it was about $5,000 for this truck, then we’ve got several thousand more invested in all the sound equipment and all the modifications.” The pair didn’t stray far from their first responder roots when searching for a side hustle; they’re both firefighters. “It just gives us a chance to interact with the public in a completely different atmosphere,” Andrews said.


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