Antique fire truck needs a temporary home

By Louis Bettcher | Sep 04, 2018
Courtesy of: Rockport Fire Department Rockport Fire Department's 1928 American LaFrance fire truck is in need of temporary storage.

Rockport — The Rockport Fire Department has a historic vehicle which is in need of temporary housing from a generous individual this winter: a 1928 American LeFrance ladder truck.

The truck measures approximately 54 feet in length, and was acquired by the department in the 1950s. For the past three years the truck has been stored by the Marriner family at their property in Rockport, and Fire Chief Jason Peasley said Sept. 4 that he was very grateful for their generosity.

The truck is currently waiting to be rebuilt, but Steve Laite of Camden Exxon has volunteered his time moving the vehicle from one location to another. Peasley said he hopes that in the future the town will budget for a glass enclosure which will permanently house the truck, as well as serve as a "mini museum" where the department's other historic equipment, ranging from leather helmets and gear to antique brass nozzles, can be publicly displayed.

Peasley said it was important that the truck be housed indoors this winter to prevent any further deterioration from snow and moisture. Those interested in providing temporary storage for the ladder truck can contact Jason Peasley directly at 446-8620.

Steve Laite of Camden Exxon tows the 1928 ladder truck from it's storage location on Camden Street, in Rockport. (Courtesy of: Rockport Fire Department)
Comments (3)
Posted by: Steven D Bryant | Sep 07, 2018 06:38

I would also add that a vehicle of this importance might find temporary housing at the OHTM. Many Rockport residents myself included donate to this wonderful facility.  Even if only for the winter. Perhaps they could set it outside during their peak season and visitors could contribute to the Chief's Hope's of preserving it. If our warehouse was 6 feet longer we would gladly take it in during snow season. Good luck Jason. Let us know if we can help in any way.  Steve & Wendy



Posted by: Nina Reed | Sep 05, 2018 11:34

i thought that being an antique it was used in parades patricia williams



Posted by: Stephen K Carroll | Sep 05, 2018 07:52

Not quite sure why no-one has suggested the perfect solution.  Waldoboro is in desperate need of a ladder truck and have stated they would prefer an American LeFrance however the company is no longer in business.  This could work out great for both parties.  Rockport could store their truck at the Waldoboro fire station and Waldoboro taxpayers could save a million dollars.



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