Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Ageing Fire Engines Await Second Stage in Careers

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Ageing Fire Engines Await Second Stage in Careers

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Byline: Amy Formosa amy.formosa@capnews.com.au

EVER wanted your own fire engine?

This fire truck (pictured) along with two others will soon be given a second life and your bid could make you the new owner.

Three of 10 ex-emergency service trucks are up for sale in Rockhampton and are in huge demand across Queensland.

The Department of Emergency Services puts the trucks up for auction across Australia every four months once they have passed their expected useful lifespan of 10 to 15 years on the job.

Heavy vehicle mechanic and acting manager of strategic development for the Central Region fire and rescue service Chris Hammond said just because they might not be quick enough off the mark anymore, the old engines would make the perfect collectors item.

For Chris, who became a fireman nearly 40 years ago, the job has become a family tradition with a father who has been part of emergency services for the past 14 years and a son who is a fire officer down in Brisbane. …

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