The Bridgeton Professional Firefighters Association maintains a fund to be used for the restoration of Bridgeton's 1944 Mack Type 80 fire engine. Through a successful 2009 concert event and many corporate and private donations, the fund currently totals $5,100.
The goal of the project is the restoration of the fire engine. To accomplish this, it is planned that a seperate non-profit entity be created to manage and direct the fund. This will allow the organization to pursue matching grants.
*More pictures can be found under "Photo Gallery - History" tab*
We sincerely thank all of our supporters and donors who have contributed to this fund.
We especially thank Cumberland Insurance Group (click for story) and Praxair for their recent donations. We also thank all of our concert sponsers listed below:
Ed's Body Shop
Tony Brago Excavating
South Jersey Healthcare
Chance & McCann
South Jersey Gas
Elmer Fire Dept.
Ocean City FMBA
Joe's Butcher Shop
Vineland Auto Electric
Butch's Gun World
Lift FM 98.5
South Jersey Eye Associates
Big Brothers/Big Sisters
Colson & Gosweiler
Millville Fire Dept.
About the 1944 Mack:
Through certain circumstances and maybe some luck, the City of Bridgeton has held on to the 1944 open cab Mack fire engine shown above. This fire engine still operates but is in need of minor repairs and cosmetic refinishing. Especially in Bridgeton, where the fire department is rich in history and still operates out of the 1896 firehouse, firefighters view antique fire engines as symbols of tradition, pride and as part of our own influence on history.
Maintained through the Mack History Museum, Mack Trucks Inc. still maintains the original documents pertaining to the vehicles they have sold. Mack Truck graciously provided the photos seen above of the 1944 Mack shown before delivery.
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