It was glorious. I could feel the hyper-hydrating power of fire-quenching technology coursing under my feet, the mighty machine tearing through the roads of rural Ontario with little regard to wahtever obstructed its path. As my brain split open with the sound of the pulsating siren, I knew from then on that my calling in life was to command and control such magnificence. Must. Have. Firetruck.
I suppose the easiest way to attain this goal would have been to train as a firefighter. There are, however, two problems with that. First of all, firefighting looks dangerous. I burned myself with a soldering-gun once, and I don't wish to repeat that incidence in so greater a scale. Second, I'm a string bean, and most likely would not make the cut for the annual calendar.
So forget that noise, I'm just going to buy this instead:
Up for sale by what I'm sure is an eccentric and enterprising fellow is a genuine 1956 LaFrance Type 700 Pumper. After doing a bit of a background check, I discovered that LaFrance is one of the oldest emergency vehicle manufacturers in North America, having been founded in 1873. It's based in the states but had a Canadian plant in Toronto, where I expect this model came from.
For only $5,000, I could easily be persuaded to sell my Miata, run out to Vineland and charge back (if it's running; the description doesn't say) in 1950's emergency response glory. Just looking over the pictures makes me feel like I'm six years old again.
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