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Fire Department gears up for 140th
WHEN: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday.
WHERE: 750 Market St.
WHAT: Colusa City Fire Department's 140-year anniversary celebration.
A chemical truck originally nicknamed the "Little Stinker" is getting a makeover this week in preparation for a celebration of the old Hook and Ladder Company No. 1 founded in 1873.
The Colusa City Fire Department — renamed in the 1920s — will celebrate 140 years of service on Saturday with children's activities, tours of the station, a cake-cutting ceremony and free tri-tip lunch to the public.
Past employees and volunteers are encouraged to participate in an anniversary picture scheduled to be taken at 2 p.m.
The Little Stinker — a three-speed, hand-crank-started mobile fire truck built by Brockway Motor Fire Apparatus — will be up and running, available for rides on Saturday.
It was originally purchased in 1915 for $3,250 and delivered to Colusa in 1917, where it stayed in front-line service until 1960.
Fire Chief Charles W. Young selected four drivers for the Brockway fire engine in 1917: Russ Totman, E. Preston, P.J. Cooke and Jeff Kaufman, according to an article in the 1917 Colusa Daily Sun.
The article said that the first of these four to reach the fire station after an alarm was sounded was to drive to truck to the fire and remain in charge of it.
Now, the truck is seen in parades and events.
In preparation for this weekend, the crew has refinished the wood and replaced the running boards, and Captain Logan Conley said his grandfather refinished the wood on the ladders.
Conley said the motor still works great and, most of the time, starts on two pulls.