Port McNeill Fire Rescue photo                                The refurbished sister truck, which is intended for display and occassional use.

Port McNeill Fire Rescue photo The refurbished sister truck, which is intended for display and occassional use.

Port McNeill Fire Rescue refurbishes sister truck for display

The Town of Port McNeill intends to assist PMFR to put it on display in the community.

Port McNeill Fire Rescue (PMFR) had a little bit to brag about in the third annual emergency services parade earlier this month.

The town’s fire rescue took some extra time to spruce up an old fire truck, which is believed to be an original pumper truck used decades ago in the fire department.

Following the refurbishing of the truck, PMFR had decided to showcase it in the town’s Christmas event.

In a phone interview with Port McNeill Mayor Gaby Wickstrom, she had said that she, along with “Anne-Marie Baron, the liaison to the fire department, met with (PMFR) a couple weeks ago and touched base.”

During those discussions the elected officials had “asked them about anything they needed help with,” she added.

Typically, budget items are brought to the table, but this time the fire rescue pulled out an old photo of the truck, one of the two original trucks that are still located on the North Island.

The Town of Port McNeill, in a gesture of goodwill, had insured the fire truck so PMFR could use it during this year’s parade.

“At the meeting, we (council) found out on their own time and resources, they fixed up the truck,” Wickstrom pointed out, “it’s the sister truck to one of the first PMFR trucks.”

The other one is believed to be in Alert Bay or Sointula.

“In January, it will be put on the agenda,” she said, having added that it will be decided where the “best location for it to be placed” in the town. The municipality will have to ensure there are no water lines underneath wherever the old truck is placed in the town.

Wickstrom added that PMFR also wants to cover the truck while on display while also having it readily available to drive off and on throughout the year. The fire rescue made mention, when in discussion with Wickstrom, that they might want to have it displayed next to their building, which is currently going through minor construction for residing.

The mayor is keen to make the process is smooth along the way, having said that after “chatting with some businesses, they seem eager to be able to contribute in some way.”

“I feel confident with volunteer labour and corporate donations the structure will get built. The town will help where needed as well,” Wickstrom said. Port McNeill Enterprises, for example, has already donated seven yards worth of concrete for the anticipated display.

“It’s looking really good,” concluded mayor Wickstrom.

The Gazette reached out Port McNeill Fire Rescue for comment and waits on a response.

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