Monday, July 27, 2015

John's Latest Fire Truck

 John poses beside his newest fire truck that he keeps parked in our yard. It is a 6 x 6, 5 ton, with a Cummins Diesel engine. It has power steering which he really likes since his old one did not have it.  The old one was a 1962 Studebaker 6 x 6.  The "new" truck also has a good seat and covered top. These are old military vehicles from the US Forest Service. USFS fosters the rangeland fire protection associations around the state. These volunteer organizations are the first responders to local fires.  John's been out on two small ones so far this year. He's installed emergency vehicle flashing lights and is working on installing a switch in the cab so he can turn on the water pump from the cab. He has a 1,000 gallon water tank on this one. He wants a two thousand gallon tank.  The volunteers have to paint the trucks white. They can't have military colors. They also have to maintain the trucks. And now each truck has a big unique number on the sides and top so they can be more easily identified.  (I tried to upload one photo but all seven uploaded.  Someday I'll learn how to use IPhoto.)

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