11/02/12 134 W, 1 I - + 5 - 1 Garner's Old Engine 2

Lee Wilson this week photographed Garner's old Engine 2. The 1958 Ford F-600/American LaFrance pumper is parked at Ken's Corn Maze on Highway 50, south of town. Don't get lost trying to find it!

Equipped with a 500 GPM pump and a 300 gallon tank, the truck was purchased by the town for $10,627.32. It was one of the many "town trucks" that local private fire departments operated. Such trucks were typically first-out (or even restricted) to town-only calls.

In the case of Garner Fire Department, for years they had two departments within the department. One for calls in town, and the other for calls outside of town. (Readers can share memories and other examples of town versus rural arrangements, from "back in the day.") See more photos.

Lee Wilson photo

Many departments in my area that were in towns had a town pumper and a rural pumper. The town pumper usually had less miles on it because we didn’t have alot of calls in town, so when it was sold it only had about 17,000 miles on it and the rural pumper had about 30,000.
car3550 - 11/02/12 - 23:50

I think years ago, the town had to “own” a fire truck by law. At least that is what the older guys told me when I joined a VFD a while back. The truck was the town’s property, but they allowed the VFD to use it. I was told it was “against the law” for the truck to respond to an emergency or even training outside of town. Also, men listed on the “town” roster were the only ones who were able to pay into the retirement pension. I don’t know how much of these stories are for real, only relying on what the older firefighters told me when I joined. Maybe someone else will be able to elaborate….
PBM - 11/03/12 - 00:05

I remember when this one was in service. The red was a lot deeper, then. It had the inscription “MUNICIPALLY OWNED” on the door just under the department name. Knightdale also had dual trucks. There was one that said “TOWN TRUCK 1” on the door (believe this was a mid 60s Chevy/Darley) and another that said “RURAL TRUCK 1” on it (late 50s Ford/LaFrance).
DJ - 11/04/12 - 10:14

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