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Local fire truck up for sale

The Ransom City, Nevada Township Fire Department is selling one of its fire trucks. It is pictured here, via

The Ransom, Kan., City and Nevada Township Fire Department is selling one of its trucks. And it looks like a gem.

It is being sold online at I found out about this thanks to Mike Boesker, who works with

It is a 1971 Chevrolet C50 fire tanker truck. It has 1,492 miles on odometer, and those are original miles. It operates via a 350 cu. in. gas engine. It has a four-speed manual transmission, and the fuel pump and battery have been replaced and the fuel tank cleaned since October 2009.

According to a placard on the tanker, it was custom-built by American Fire Equipment, Co., of Salina, Kan.

Here is a shot of the placard I was just talking about, via

Judging by the pictures, the engine looks pretty clean, and the inside almost seems to be in near-mint condition.

The only way that interior could be sweeter was if it had a radio. Again, this image is via

Now, if you are reading this and know me even a little, you probably know I don’t have much knowledge about vehicles or much drive to learn more. I’m mainly interested in this auction because I now live in Ransom.

That being said, it would be pretty sweet to own a fire truck. I don’t really know what I would do with it, but it would be cool nonetheless.

The main reason I even decided to post about this is because before I first got the Twitter message that the truck was for sale, the fire department enlisted my help to make a flier for them. See, they need new extrication tools, so I made up a nice flier to post around and hopefully drum up the funds they need.

And when I say need, I mean need. This isn’t just some luxury item they would like to have. Jaws of Life and other hydraulic rescue tools are used by emergency rescue personnel to extricate people from from vehicle accidents so their lives might be saved.

This is serious stuff, and when they asked, I was more than happy to help because I understand how vital such tools are.

I don’t know if proceeds from the truck sale will help purchase this life-saving equipment or not, but it probably won’t hurt the goal of a new Jaws of Life either.

If you can and are willing, I would urge you to donate to the cause, even if you aren’t from anywhere near Ransom. It would be greatly appreciated.

Send your donations to:

Ransom Fire Department Jaws of Life
c/o Norbert Flax
105 N. Delaware
Ransom, KS 67572

Below is the flier I made:

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