With a lot of help from friends, Dundas Rotary clubs and passionate historians, former Dundas part-time firefighter Keith Green has restored some incredible pieces of Valley Town history.
It was 1929 and Dundas town council gave the fire chief the go-ahead to purchase a Maple Leaf Bickle fire engine. It was exciting news at the time, because the enging was going to replace the horses.
In 1937, the Dundas fire department replaced the horse-drawn ladder cart with an international flat-bed truck that was manufactured in Hamilton. As the town’s population increased, another international Seagrave fire pumper was purchased in 1947 for $7,146.
The next fire pumper to be purchased was a 1956 American LaFrance 12-cylinder. The town was full of industry and needed a lot of equipment and manpower to extinguish any local fires.
As the town grew some more, a 1961 a Thibault fire pumper was purchased for $28,600 to compliment the existing apparatus.
For the past 14 years, Green has worked to acquire and restore the fire trucks, with the ultimate goal of creating a Dundas firefighters museum to honour the men who have braved the elements and dangers since 1833, when the first organized volunteers came together to save lives and property.
On Thursday, Aug. 15, at this year’s Cactus Festival, resident will be able to see for the first time in many years all five trucks. They will also be on display on Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in front of the fire hall.
Green said he owes thanks to many people for making his dream become a reality, particularly Clive Freeman, Doug Luehmann, Bob Crockford, Joe Nagy, Dundas Museum and Archives, the Rotary Club of Dundas and Wayne Robillard.