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1971 Ford F250 Fire Truck


1971 F250 Fire Engine owned by Bill Swindells


Bill Swindells   Gladstone Vintage and Classic Carriage Club member has been talking about getting a fire engine for the last two years,. Bill was even presented with a hose nossle at the last Change over dinner, (photo coming soon)    Well Its Here………f2

The Fire Engine has started its new life in retirement with purpose. A group of Children from the ‘Special needs’ Organization are seen above testing the siren during an Outing Organized By Tessa from Special needs, and Club members John Hinde , Bill Swindells, Joe Allen, Frank Smith, Jeanette Jensen and Arthur Timms.


The Ford Started life At Ayre in Queensland in 1971 and was transferred to the Julia Creek fire station in 1973 where it spent most of its working life. It was retired in Boulia in 1999 where it spent its last years of active duty.

It came complete with hose reels , Pump (driven by P.T.O. lever in cab) 5,00 litre water tank, flashing light and siren. The Siren proved very popular with a recent visit by a group of children . (see photo) Bill still needs to find a ladder. And some suction hoses that are used for pumping water from creeks or rivers   (update) (HOSES SINCE FOUND)

1971 F250 Fire Engine  This ford is powered by a  Canadian Six Motor and has done around 16,600 Miles






I have always had a wonderful memory. when I say “wonderful memory” what I really mean is that I rarely if ever recall horrible things like the weather. I never recall cold or frosty mornings, or even 24 hours of anything dull or boring that might have happened before or after a memorable event, the happy result being all my life's memories are wonderful. Peculiar as it may sound to anyone who might be reading this, I have absolutely marvelous memories that range from breaking one or more of my bones to hanging upside down from an upper branch of an Oak tree with my ankle wedged between two branches. I have heard stories about people that have totally removed from their recollection painful events that had previously occurred in their life. I can believe this because at this precise moment I can recall nothing that was not absolutely wonderful. If by chance I have ever blocked out anything painful I would consider this possibility to be just another wonderful thing. I intend to Blog about my friends and memories on these pages.

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