A fire truck that served the Energy City for many years and is now a display piece is under negotiations to be brought back into the Fire Department's fold.
At City Council on Monday night, Estevan Fire Rescue expressed interest in obtaining the 1928 American Lafrance, which is owned by the City, back from the Souris Valley Museum where it is currently on display. According to Fire Chief Dale Feser, there has long been a desire to place the truck under the same roof as it's much more modern counterparts. However, there's never been enough room until the Department took possession of it's new location on 13th Avenue.
"We're in a position where we can properly store and display it, and then share that service history for the city. We're still currently gathering a lot of the information of it's entirety of service, but it served the community well for quite some time," stated Feser, "We're looking also at establishing relationships with some of the retired members of the Fire Department who were actually on while that fire truck was in service."
That said, they don't intend for the ancient vehicle to sit idle under gazing eyes.
"We want to try to bring it back to a state of mechanical soundness where we can actually utilize this piece of equipment in parades and a few other festivities. It's kind of a rarity to have a fire truck of it's age to be in such great condition, so we definitely want to make sure it's being taken care of and mechanically maintained. With any luck, we're going to have it in running condition so we can utilize it for special events," he said.
Due to it's current location, the truck is already in good shape, and it appears that a former member of the department has stepped up to take on the challenge of getting the old motor purring once again.