by Jen Peddlesden, President Chestermere Historical Foundation
The little Firetruck-that-could is back from its first major cleaning! Appreciation goes out to D & J Sandblasting Ltd for doing a complete sandblasting of this little buggy which is now ready for some fine sanding and paint. Fundraising has gone extremely well to get this former 1952 Ford Chestermere Cabin Owner’s fire truck on the road by September 8th for display at the Chestermere Country Fair. The work could not have moved ahead as quickly without the support of the Chestermere Regional Recreation Board, the Bank of Nova Scotia, MJ Towing and of course the Historical Foundations very successful barn dance on April 21st. Public Works donated time in the wash bay, Economy Glass (Ian Viner) provided all the windows and mirrors–and donations are still coming in from those calling in with salvage cars to Vince Young’s MJ Towing. Next step is to head off to Ken Friesen at Concours Collision for the paint work which he has kindly given to the Foundation. And where has this little truck been living during its restoration? It has been kindly and lovingly cared for in the garage of Marty Trim, where every Thursday evening volunteers spend many, many hours on the restoration..
If you are interested in this project go to www.chestermerehistory.org and check out the Menu for Camion de Bomberos. This menu, including a wine (lubricant!) list, shows items needed to get the truck completed. The price ranges allow everyone a chance to have a hand in getting this project completed. Or, want to get your hands dirty and give a few hours of work on the truck yourself? Call Vince Young (the unflappable Chef de Mission without whom this project would not have gone ahead) at 403-819-4117 or e-mail Vince- YTekKustom@shaw.ca