Corydon, KY Fire Department selling out of service fire engine
There is something fascinating about fire trucks and the profession of firefighter. Maybe it’s the size of the truck or the sound of sirens wailing as it rushes to a fire after 911 is called. Maybe it’s a thrill at the thought of being in a dangerous situation with the aim of saving someone’s life or putting out a fire that is raging out of control. Either way, there is something about the profession that appeals to both children and adults. A town in western Kentucky gives you the chance to see what it’s like to drive a fire truck by letting you own one.
Corydon Civil Defense Fire & Rescue is accepting bids for out of service fire truck
Recently, the Corydon Civil Defense Fire & Rescue in Corydon, Kentucky, about 10 miles southwest of the town of Henderson, announced on Facebook that it was accepting offers for the fire truck pictured above that it no longer use. Or, as they call it, “surplus equipment”.
According to the post, the truck is a 1985 Hendrickson FMC model with a Detroit 6V92 diesel engine, air brakes, 1,250 gallon water tank, on-board generator with an 11 horsepower Briggs and Stratton engine with 5,500 watts, 120/240 volts, 46/23 amps and 60 hertz, and two hard-mounted lamps. A ladder and a rigid suction pipe will also be included.
They say the truck is working and was just taken out of service on September 10th. However, the message does not specify why the truck was removed from service. It has 75,124 miles, 2,828 engine hours and a work pump capable of pumping 1,250 gallons of water per minute.
How to place a bid
The department has set aside $4,000 for the truck and is currently accepting bids up to Tuesday, October 11 at 5:00 p.m.. The Ministry declares that it will consider all offers and that it has the right to accept or reject any offer submitted above or below the amount of the reserve.
If you would like to see the truck up close before bidding, the department allows you to do so by appointment which you can make by emailing [email protected]
If you score the winning bid, you will have 10 days to pay it and get it out of their hands. You will also be responsible for having all lettering removed as soon as possible, along with all fees, taxes, etc. associated with the purchase.
To place a bid, email the amount you’re willing to pay to the same email address you would use to make an appointment to see it in person.
There are a few stipulations
Let’s say that, just for fun, you make them an offer they can’t refuse and you’re now the proud owner of a fully functional, out of service 1985 fire truck. Does this mean you can finally fulfill that childhood dream of putting out fires? Sorry, but the answer is no. Before they even let you take the truck, you will need to sign a form which they will keep on file with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) stating that you will not be using it to fight fires. Signing this form will also acknowledge that you agree not to return and sell it to another fire department. The Facebook post doesn’t specify why they don’t want another fire department to have it, but I’m guessing that’s because they’ve already listed it as an out of service vehicle.
Here are some different looks at the truck, courtesy of the department.
When you email your offer to the department, they ask you to put “SURPLUS ENGINE” in the subject, and don’t forget to include your contact information (name, age, phone number, etc.).