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January 16, 2013

Model T fire truck

Filed under: Item of the Day — Lizzie Ehrenhalt @ 9:30 am

Model T fire truck

1919 Ford Model T fire truck used by the Minnesota Forest Service and restored in 1986. The truck has a double front seat concealing a wooden box.  The box features outward-angling sideboards; a hinged drop-end gate with side pins; and oversize rubber tires with wooden rims.  A metal tool box with 16 tools  attaches to the passenger side truck box.    A detachable wooden sign attached to the truck’s rear reads, “Minn[esota] Forest Service / 1919 – First Unit.”

For details, view the truck in our online collections database.

To view more historical firefighting objects, and to learn about the dedication of the Minnesota Fallen Firefighter Memorial on September 30, 2012, watch our podcast Firefighting in Minnesota: A Salute to the Fallen.

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