Cochrane Fire Department Engine 51
We were in Cochrane the other day and stopped at a strip mall. There was this beautiful Fire Engine just sitting in the parking lot.
Of course, I had to go over and get a quick picture of it. Yeah, right, like just one; I’m sure my wife Sherri was thinking.
The bright white is different from most Fire Apparatus that I’ve seen lately. I like the return to the red Fire Engine that is now common and am glad of the decline of the fluorescent green that started coming in about 20 or 30 years ago. This white unit has a nice clean look that is also quite pleasing.
As I worked my way around the Fire Truck, one of the firemen came out of establishment they were visiting.
I was expecting the “you’ll have to step away” speech that I’ve heard on occasion.
Instead, the Fireman asked if I wanted to see the inside! Uh, YEAH! That was a no-brainer.
The old pressure gauges and dials that used to be located on the exterior of the side of the unit, has now been moved to the interior with electronic readouts and controls, Don’t ask me what they do, I just got the LCDs on the back of my cameras and flash units figured out.
The young Fireman proudly told us the truck was brand new, and it looked like it was. Everything was spotless and polished to a gleaming shine. It even had the new truck smell inside. I thanked the firemen before they went on their way.
I hope you’ll make room if you see one of these bad boys headed down the road with the lights and siren going.
In the best light…