Old 66: Pumper comes home to Pine Grove FD

PINE GROVE -- On Sunday firefighters and family members celebrated the return of Old 66, the first pumper of the Pine Grove Fire District.

The 1948 Ford, with the original vehicle code of 66, was used for nearly 30 years, and eventually purchased by Bob Thomsen for a keepsake.

It's glossy red coat gleamed in the brief bit of sunshine to hit Pine Grove Sunday, as the department gathered in front of the station to dedicate the restored vehicle and thank the people who devoted time and resources to the project.

Several years ago Thomsen returned the truck to the department for restoration, after keeping it in storage for years. The department has been working on the truck for about three years, starting with a complete engine rebuild, then new paint and restored accessories.

"A lot of guys put a lot of work into this," said department safety officer Kenny Morikado. "It's quite an achievement."

Most of the assembly was done in Steve Bickford's packing house under the supervision of Steve and his brother, Don.

"I'm glad to have it done," Bickford said with a smile. He said work remaining includes restoring the pump and plumbing system on Old 66. That might have been done by now said the orchardist, "but the harvest came along."

Old 66 is not used for firefighting, but for parades and special events. It made its first parade appearance in 2000, with department veterans riding in rocking chairs.

Old-timers from the department posed along with current members for an official photo before a brief ceremony featuring family members of Shig Yamaki, who served the department for 46 years before his death in 1996. A large part of the $12,000 spent restoring Old 66 camd from Shig Yamaki's estate, Morikado said. Another large portion of the funding came from the department's annual auction, held in March. The 2002 edition will be the 37th.

Latest stories

Latest video:

Parkdale third graders sing "12 Disaster Days of Christmas"

Welcome to your sing-able Christmas gift list. What follows is an emergency rendition of “12 Days of Christmas” – for outfitting your home or car in case of snow storm, earthquake, flood or other emergency. Read it as a simple list, or sing it to the tune of “12 Days” – you know, as in “ … and a partridge in a pear tree…” Not to make light of it, but the song is a familiar framework for a set of gift ideas that you could consider gathering together, even if the recipient already owns items such as a bunch of coats, tire chains and flashlights. Stores throughout the Gorge are stocked up on all these items. Buying all 12 days might be prohibitive, but here are three ideas for checking any of the dozen off your list (notations follow, 1-12.) The gift items needed to stay warm, dry and safe are also coded to suggest items in your abode (A) in your car (C) or both (B). 12 Gallons of Water (A) 11 Family meals (B) 10 Cans of propane (A) 9 Hygiene bags (B) 8 Packs of batteries (A) 7 Spare coats (B) 6 Bright red flares (C) 5 Cozy blankets (B) 4 Tire chains (C) 3 Flashlights (B) 2 cell phone chargers (B) 1 And a crush-proof first aid kit (B) Price ranges? Here’s a few quotes for days Three, Two, Four and Nine: n A family gift of flashlights (three will run $15-30, Hood River Supply, Tum-A-Lum) n Cell phone chargers (two will run $30-60) n Tire chains (basic set, $30, Les Schwab, returnable if unused for the winter) n Family meals ($100 or so should cover the basics for three or four reasonably well-fed days) n The home kit should be kept in a handy place near an exit, and remember that water needs to be replenished every few months. If you have a solid first aid kit already, switch out the gift idea with “and-a-sto-o-u-t- tub-for it-all …” Otherwise, it’s a case of assembling your home or car kits and making sure all members of the family know what the resources are and how to use them (ie flares and propane). Emergency situations are at worst life-threatening, at best deeply uncomfortable if you and your family are left without power for an extended period, or traveling and find yourself in a situation where you need to wait out a storm, lengthy traffic delay, or other crisis. Notes on the 12 gift ideas: 12 – Gallons of water: that’s one per person in a four-member family to last for three days, the recommended minimum to be prepared for utility outages. 11 – Easy-open packaged goods, energy bars, dried food and nuts are good things to include for nutrition. Think of what your family of four needs for three days to stay fortified and hydrated (see number 12). Can-opener also recommended 10 – If you have a propane camping stove, keep extra fuel handy. 9 – Hygiene bags: put packaged moistened towelettes, toilet paper, and plastic ties in large garbage bags (for personal sanitation) Resource list courtesy of Hood River County Emergency Management, Barbara Ayers, manager/ 541-386-1213. The county also reminds residents to Get a Kit, Make A Plan to connect your family if separated, and Stay Informed. See www.co.hood-river.or.us to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge

Log in to comment

News from our Community Partners