Fort St. John to sell historic Engine 1 to firefighters

City’s first fire truck eyed for public events after sitting in storage since 2001

Fort St. John city council has approved the sale of the city’s first fire truck to the Firefighters Charitable Society.

Engine 1 has been in storage since it was taken out of service in 2001, and firefighters said earlier this year they wanted the truck to help with its fundraising efforts

Council approved the truck’s sale at Tuesday’s meeting for $100. 

“The donation of this is for the charity, for the work of the charity,” said Mayor Lori Ackerman.

“And it keeps the fire truck hopefully in great shape for many decades to come within our community,” said Coun. Byron Stewart.

“That is absolutely the aim,” said Ackerman. “It’s a piece of heritage.”

Engine 1 is in reasonable mechanical condition, although it is not roadworthy, according to the report. Restoration could cost up to $50,000, which would be difficult for the city to justify, according to a report to council from CAO Milo MacDonald.

“The Fort St. John Firefighters Charitable Society has access to donated material and labor which will allow the restoration of this historical piece of equipment to take place in a fiscally responsible manner,” MacDonald wrote.

Similar fire trucks have gone to auction and sold for less than $1,000, and while the city could go take the track to auction, MacDonald noted, “The drawback of this approach though would be that the City would lose the historical value of the truck, and of course that ultimately the restored truck would be unavailable to support City functions such as parades, special events, or local charitable functions.”

The Charitable Society was started in 2016 and has given back $300,000 to the community to help 120 families with their medical travel needs.

Besides annual Fireman’s Ball each spring, the firefighters say their biggest fundraisers are the events they are asked to organize or attend.

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