Rising from the ashes: Why an antique fire truck in Colorado was worth restoring

  • Source: KMGH-TV ABC 7 Denver
  • Published: 06/02/2023 12:00 AM

VIDEO: There are currently about 45 fire trucks and engines in service with the Denver Fire Department. But one engine in particular, that no longer fights fires, holds a job that might be comparable in importance. And there was a time that it might have been lost forever. “If it could talk, it would be a bedtime story that would last a decade,” retired Denver firefighter Dan Farley said, smiling when referencing his 'passion' for nearly 15 years. Farley is the director of the Denver Firefighters Museum. Part of his job includes the upkeep of several antique fire trucks that call the museum home. The centerpiece of that collection is Engine Number Four. “It was used for public relations for the museum,” he explained. The so-called ‘rig’ is from the 1950s, and was used by the museum until one day in May of 2012.


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