The Sicamous Firemen’s Club wants a place to display a piece of Canadian history.
The club owns a 1928 Gotfredson fire truck that is currently being housed in an old building that will soon be demolished.
“We would like to give it a home it deserves,” writes Dale Wood, club member.
The Vernon fire department used the truck until 1953 when the community of Sicamous purchased it for their newly formed volunteer fire department. The truck was in service in Sicamous until 1970. It was the first fire truck in both Vernon and Sicamous.
“As a club, we want to build a building beside the fire hall to house this gem and have it on display to the public,” Wood writes.
The Sicamous Firemen’s Club is currently taking the truck to car shows to show people what they are trying to save.
On May 12 the club showed the truck at the Fintry Landing show and won a trophy for best fire truck. On the May long weekend, the club took it to a show in Peachland. They also plan on showcasing it at the IPE and Salmon Arm fair this summer.
Over the August long weekend the club is going to have an antique fire truck show in conjunction with the Show and Shine in Sicamous. They will be hosting a chilly cook-off as a fundraiser and will be selling T-shirts showcasing the Gotfredson.
“We’re really pushing this truck and trying to get it out in as many car shows or parades, whatever we can do to let people know what we have,” said Derrick Brown, vice president of the Sicamous Firemen’s Club.