The Shelburne Volunteer Fire Department celebrated its 75th anniversary in 2016. In preparation for this historic event, the firefighters of the Fire Department and Shelburne Firefighters Association began to restore our 1941 GMC/Buffalo Fire Truck.
This fire engine was built by the Buffalo Fire Apparatus Company in Buffalo, New York, and was received early in 1942. Affectionately known as “Old Engine 1” it has a 500 gallon per minute pump and carried 250 gallons of water. This engine was the workhorse for the department for many years, and served the community until retired in the late 1970’s. This fire engine responded not only to fires in our community, but was also called to help neighboring fire departments.
Old Engine 1 is a symbol of the history of the department and the Town of Shelburne. Although we can trace our roots back to the 1920’s, the department was re-organized in 1941. This is where we restarted the clock. Along with Engine 1, a new fire station and highway garage was built to house the new truck. This is in the same place where the fire station is today!
While “Old E1” is in good running condition, the fire engine has received significant bodywork along with new paint. A considerable amount of work has been done by the firefighters but we need your help to raise the remaining funds needed to restore this historic piece of fire apparatus.
Help us Restore Old E1
If you would like to donate, please send a check to:
Shelburne Firefighters’ Association
c/o Shelburne Fire Department
PO Box 911, Shelburne, VT 05482.
Please indicate Old E1 Fund in the memo line.
The Shelburne Firefighters Association is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Your contributions are tax deductible.