Shire of Ashburton to restore historic Bedford Fire Truck

Published on Friday, 19 February 2021 at 12:43:21 PM

The Shire of Ashburton have agreed to purchase and restore a 1960’s Bedford Fire Fighting Truck that was stationed in the township of Wittenoom from the 1970s until 2000’s.

As a piece of mining and the Shire’s history the piece will permanently reside at the future Emergency Services Precinct in Tom Price, following restoration of the truck and the completion of the Combined Emergency Services Facility in Tom Price.

Shire of Ashburton President Kerry White said that she was thrilled that Council were able to acquire this historical piece in recognition of the past and hoped its presence would act as an acknowledgement to our local volunteers and the work they do in the community.

“This Bedford Fire Fighting Truck is reminiscent of its era and a relic of a life gone by”, said Councillor White.

“It was originally located in Newman and was operated by BHP before being relocated to the then mining town of Wittenoom.

“With just nine thousand miles on the odometer and the engine and old fire pumps still in working order, Council agreed that this was an important piece of our Shire’s history to retain and we are looking forward to seeing it restored to its former vibrant glory”.

The truck is currently based in Perth and will remain in storage until restoration works are completed and the truck will then make its way back to Ashburton. Restoration costs will be considered as part of the 2021/22 budget.

 

 


 

For media information contact:

Alison Lennon - Manager Media and Communications, Shire of Ashburton

M: 0409 314 140 | E: alison.lennon@ashburton.wa.gov.au

 

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