City says good-bye to old friend

Published 9:10 am Monday, June 1, 2015

Orange Fire Department received permission to declare a 1954 three-quarter ton truck as surplus during the Tuesday evening meeting.
The truck was originally purchased by a resident and donated to the Orange Volunteer Fire Department to be used a rescue unit. The vehicle was equipped as such through donations from the community.
The rescue unit supplied a vital link to the outside world for the first week in the aftermath of Hurricane Audrey in 1957 according to a memorandum from Fire Chief David Frenzel.
The unit was retired from the Fire Department in 1972. The truck was transferred to the Parks Department for the next 15 years.
“The truck no longer runs and we have run out of places to park it,” Frenzel said. “It has done it’s duty to the city.”
City Manager Shawn Oubre said in order to dispose of an asset, the council must be asked.
Frenzel said the truck would be sold at auction where a collect may appreciate it in its current state.