The past returns
Russell and District Historical Society volunteers have restored the 1952 Maple Leaf fire truck which had been used by the Russell fire department in the past. Here it is shown unrestored, as it was last year when on display. Vetter photo
RUSSELL — Since June 2015, the Russell and District Historical Society has been restoring the 1952 Maple Leaf fire truck which had been used by the Russell fire department in the past. Volunteers have worked hard on this project, with the help of some paid professionals, in order to drive the truck in the parade on July 1, the 150th anniversary of Canada, and they are proud to announce they have achieved their goal. The truck will be the star of the Canada Day Parade in Russell, which leaves St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic High School at 10:30 a.m.
The truck’s body was completely disassembled, parts were sandblasted and painted, and new parts were added as needed.
The Russell and District Historical Society states, “Many have given their time on Wednesday evenings during the summer months and during the winter on Saturday mornings. Thank you to the Russell Fire Department, Scotiabank and Connie Johnston for a major fundraiser Trivia Night. We have also been generously supported by the Township of Russell and the Police Village of Russell and many businesses locally and throughout the area.”
After Canada Day, the fire truck will return to its old home in the museum which is the former fire hall.