Engine No. 1 hits the road for centennial
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N 48° 22.419 W 119° 34.152
11U E 309745 N 5361021
Quick Description: The first piece of motorized apparatus to be owned by the Okanogan Volunteer Fire Department, this was, as some might believe, not a true fire engine.
Location: Washington, United States
Date Posted: 2/16/2019 11:27:33 PM
Waymark Code: WM10359
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Long Description:
One of three motorized pieces of fire fighting equipment in the Okanogan Firemen's Museum, this is the oldest of the three. The other two are a 1945 Buffalo Fire Engine, the department's Engine #2, and a 1928 GMC Fire Engine, Engine #1.

Never having a water tank or a water pump, this old 1918 "Jimmy" was used only to haul the firemen and their equipment to the scene, thereafter not participating in the action. It was put into service well before (10 years, actually) the department had a real fire engine. Their major offensive weapon at the time was a hose reel, of which they possessed several, by all accounts.

As the following news article shows, this old Jimmy is no couch potato, getting out on occasion to participate in parades and things like Centennial Celebrations.

Engine No. 1 hits the road for centennial

Dee Camp | Thursday, April 17, 2014

OMAK — The Omak Fire Department’s engine No. 1 hit the road Thursday morning for a drive from the Okanogan Fire Hall Museum to Omak for the department’s centennial celebration on Saturday.

Assistant Chief Dan Wood drove the 1918 GMC truck, purchased by the city in 1925 as the department’s first motorized truck. It remained in service for many years, and now has been restored and is on display in the museum, adjacent to the Okanogan County Historical Society Museum at 1410 N. Second Ave. Omak purchased the truck from Newport.

Map goes Here The centennial celebration includes an open house from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at the fire hall, 16 N. Ash St. Visitors will be able to meet firefighters and see equipment, Chief Kevin Bowling said.

In the community’s earliest days, dealing with structure fires was largely a reactive response, with neighbors and passers-by responding with buckets and shovels, according to an account in the Fall 2011 issue of the Okanogan County Historical Society’s Heritage. Bucket brigades, pulling water from the Okanogan River, were employed.

In 1910, a year before the city incorporated, Chronicle Publisher C.P. Scates called for a fire protection organization and the need for a water system. That same year, the Omak Commercial Club decided to buy a bell to alert the community to nighttime fires. Two years later, in May 1912, a huge downtown fire spurred a new round of efforts. Residents met and recommended the formation of a volunteer fire department and that the City Council buy hose and hydrants.

On April 20, 1914, The Chronicle reported work had started on a fire station. Equipment consisted of a hose cart, 700 feet of line and a set of ladders. That building sat close to the river, behind what later became Zitting’s store and, still later, McNeil Floor Covering on East Apple Avenue.

Engine No. 1 appears each year in the Omak Stampede parade.
From the Omak Chronicle

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Type of publication: Newspaper

When was the article reported?: 4/17/2014

Publication: Omak Chronicle

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How widespread was the article reported?: regional

News Category: Arts/Culture

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