Engine 60


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Norfolk Engine 60 was Retired by the Norfolk Fire Department on July 17, 2009

Engine 60 left for the Island Roatan, Honduras on November 16, 2009 at 9pm

Engine 60

- 1976 Oren                           2nd Due Attack Truck                                5-man cab

- 1000 GPM 2-stage pump                      1000 gal tank                                     Front 5" suction

- Basic Vehicle Extrication                   Basic Vehicle Extrication                  1200' of 4" LDH

- (2) 1 3/4" cross lays                   (1) 2.5" rear preconnect                                Detroit Series 60 engine

**Engine 60 Donated**

Norfolk Engine 60 was donated in November 2009 to the Island of Roatan, Honduras to help assist our fellow firefighters in protecting their community.

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International Relief

Norfolk’s Engine 60 will ‘retire’ to a Caribbean Island

May 26, 2009

BY JIM MOORE
REPUBLICAN-AMERICAN
NORFOLK — Volunteer fire­men are preparing to dispatch a well-loved engine to answer a call for help 1,930 miles away.
Affectionately known as the “senior bus” because it is often driven by
the department’s more seasoned members, En­gine 60 is about to get a
new lease on life on the Caribbean island of Roatan, located off the
northern coast of Honduras.
The department will take de­livery in July of a brand-new re­placement
for the 33-year-old Oren engine tank that has logged 26,500 miles on
area roads. Engine 60 (there’s a 6 on the truck, but the department
multiplies such numbers by 10 for radio purposes), is still cer­tified
and fully operational. It is scheduled for replacement on a 30-year
cycle that the local de­partment has long maintained, and there is
little market for ap­paratus of this vintage.
The engine might have wound up on the scrap heap but for the International Fire Relief Mission.
The nonprofit organization was founded in 2007 by Ron Gruening and Mark
Allen, re­tired paramedics living in Lind­strom, Minn., who noticed in
their vacation travels to remote corners of the world many fire
departments that were forced to work with badly outdated or nonexistent
equipment.
Gruening said the operation started small, collecting used protective
gear and equipment for distribution overseas. The mission has quickly
grown, with agencies, businesses and fire companies around the country
banding together to help.
What began with a few items stored in their local church is now a
$300,000-a-year opera­tion staffed by about a dozen volunteers who have
coordinat­ed operations in Ukraine, Bo­livia, Peru, New Guinea, and now
Roatan, where a retired Florida firefighter is helping in­habitants
establish a fire and ambulance service on the island that has caught on
as a cruise ship destination.
“It’s making a difference in many communities,” Gruening said, adding
the organization’s rapid growth caught everyone by surprise. “We never
set out to grow or be big. We never set out to reinvent the wheel. What
has surprised me is how quick­ly our message has been found.”
John Barbagallo, spokesman for the Norfolk department, said Engine 60
has been metic­ulously maintained, but its age makes it a tough sell.
“Even on eBay,” he said.
Volunteers here raised $100,000 in donations to help offset the new
engine’s $565,000 price, with the balance covered by the town, which
sets aside money each year to pur­chase new equipment.
Selectmen have approved the donation of Engine 60, and the department
is working to find a trucking company willing to bring Engine 60 as far
as New Jersey, where it will be picked up by IFRM for the trip to the
Port of Miami.
A shipping container packed with protective equipment and other
necessities will also be shipped to the fledgling depart­ment in
Honduras, and Gruen­ing hopes that members of the local department will
be able to follow the engine south in No­vember to help train its new
owners.
“I don’t think you’ll have too many problems trying to get people to go
down to the Caribbean for a week to play with the old truck,”
Barbagallo said.