Warren Fire Department selling a bit of its history

By Ted Hayes
Posted 7/13/20

Ever wanted to own a shiny fire engine? Low miles, capable of spraying 1,000 gallons of water a minute and of course, fire engine red.

The Warren Fire Department’s old Engine 5, later …

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Warren Fire Department selling a bit of its history

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Ever wanted to own a shiny fire engine? Low miles, capable of spraying 1,000 gallons of water a minute and of course, fire engine red.

The Warren Fire Department’s old Engine 5, later rechristened Engine 4, is for sale, and Fire Chief James Sousa is accepting offers. It had been put out for sealed bids for two weeks but after receiving no bids ($2,000 minimum) the chief said he is going to accept offers. If he gets any that are reasonable, he will bring them to the Warren Town Council for approval.

The 1986 Seagrave has seen a lot of action. First put into service in 1986, the truck served as the Rough and Ready’s Engine 5 until 2009, and then went into reserve service as Engine 4, responding out of the Touisset Fire Station. The last time it saw heavy use was during the large fire at Touisset Point last August.

The engine has a 500-gallon water tank and about 36,000 miles on its Detroit Diesel engine, and still runs great, the chief said. It saw 1,259 operational hours during its 34 years of service.

The truck is currently parked at fire headquarters on Railroad Avenue and is one of two vehicles recently put up for bid, with no takers. The other is an old Ford Crown Victoria that was first used by the police department before going into service with former Fire Chief Alexander Galinelli, That one needs work as it won’t pass inspection, but Chief Sousa said if the town can’t find a buyer for it it will probably be used for fire department Jaws of Life training. Still, it’s currently intact.

“If they call me for it, we haven’t cut it up yet,” he said Monday.

The chief’s number is 245-7600.

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