THE OLD FIRE TRUCK

CBWC: Fire Prevention

Uxbridge’s Number 2 pumping fire engine was put out to pasture before we moved here. I’m guessing that would be about 25 years ago. For 15 of those years, it sat in an empty field across from the post office. I used to go there to take pictures of it, nesting amidst wildflower and birds — and in winter, a field of snow.

At some point, someone decided the old truck was a danger. The windows were broken. Rust was eating the body. The town sent the truck to the crusher — but someone who had read my posts about the truck bought it and last I knew, was rebuilding it. I hope it has been resurrected.

Old number 2 was a pumper so it had no ladders, but lots of hoses. There are no fire pumps outside the village. When I think about it, I don’t know if there are pumps in town, either. I’ve never seen one. Out here, it’s all about wells. and of course, the rivers. Not surprisingly, we also have water tanker trucks, too.

A few years back, they built a new fire house in town, conveniently adjacent to the old fire house which was part of Town Hall, built in 1887. The old one was too small for current trucks. There’s also a fire house on our street, five houses distant. It’s not a real fire house. More like a parking garage for fire trucks. It’s not only a place to park them, but it means the fire fighting equipment is not all in one location.

Uxbridge has the biggest and best-equipped fire department in the valley. Since many small towns don’t have a fire department, Uxbridge is the place to call. We have the engines and now, a nice house to keep the engines shiny and ready to go.

The fire chief is a town employee. There are a few others who are full or part time employees. Some firefighters are also police or EMTs who double up, but the majority of firefighters are volunteers. They take their work seriously, even though they aren’t paid.

We owe them a lot.

Black & White



Categories: Anecdote, Black & White, black & white photography, Cars and Trucks, Cee's Photo Challenge, fire, Photography

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7 replies

  1. I’d sure like to see that Ol’ Fire Truck when its fixed up.

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  2. Oh Marilyn, these are all wonderful photos for this week. Thanks for playing along. šŸ˜€

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    • Thank you so much Cee. It was interesting to dig out these pictures. I had a lot more of them than I realized. At some point, I apparently produced a whole set in black & white but never published them. They were in a separate folder labeled MAR Fire Engine Two, so I found them easily — another big surprise. I didn’t expect to see that whole set of B&W photos. I didn’t even remember making them.

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  3. So much to see and observe here. I have yet to find something for this the.e šŸ˜•

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    • Thank you! Sometimes — for all of us — we just don’t have the pictures we need for a specific challenge. Most “city” pictures — like the whole “art in the city” pictures — I simply don’t have anything. We aren’t that kind of town. I have close to 150,000 photographs by now. Maybe more since half of them are on backup drives.

      I took these because the fire engine was sitting in an empty lot, literally in the middle of nowhere, for years. It obviously had a story and a history. It was interesting photographically. I never knew what I would be able to do with the pictures, but I’m very glad I took them!

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