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Mount Angel Fire District hosts the first classic fire apparatus show on Saturday.

PMG PHOTO: JUSTIN MUCH - Mount Angel's first fire rig was on display at the Classic Fire Apparatus Show Saturday, Oct. 1. With some classic rock 'n roll tunes on the loudspeakers on a sunny day with relaxed neighbors mingling and checking out the rigs, Mount Angel Fire District grounds resembled the setting of a summer car cruise-in show at an area festival on Saturday, Oct. 1.

But there were no hot rods, roadsters, deuce coupes or vintage Model As commonly seen in classic car cruise-ins. Still, this display of classic rigs certainly had its very own unique ambiance.PMG PHOTO: JUSTIN MUCH - Fruit Growers Supply Co., Susanville, Calif.

The first Mount Angel Fire District Fire Apparatus Show featured a dozen or so classic firefighting rigs that once served the communities around the region. In addition to Mount Angel, vintage fire apparatuses from Woodburn, Hubbard, Monitor, Silverton and St. Paul were all on hand, the latter stamped with a "Refinished by Keizer Fire Department" on its trunk end. Marion County Fire District No. 1 also had a presence, as did an antique military ambulance in the mix.PMG PHOTO: JUSTIN MUCH - Vintage U.S. military ambulance at the Mount Angel Fire District Fire Apparatus Show Saturday, Oct. 1.

Mount Angel Fire District Public Information Officer John Rossi, who has enjoyed the classic public safety vehicle hobby for decades, said all the area fire departments unite and join forces on the business end of serious fires and emergencies, so it just made sense to work together on something fun.

Included in the mix was a 1924 vintage fire truck, which was actually Mount Angel's first fire truck, refurbished after having spent time, among other things, hauling wood in Scotts Mills during its "retirement" years. The truck sported a photo of early firefighters who used it, and curiously enough, a current Mount Angel firefighter at the event, Mike Kehoe, is the grandson of one of those firefighters.

Although the pent-up confinement of recent-year pandemic isolations was in part the impetus for putting the classic fire apparatus show together, Rossi envisions this to be an annual affair, and he plans to devote energy seeing to it.PMG PHOTO: JUSTIN MUCH - The Mount Angel Fire District Classic Fire Apparatus Show Saturday was also an event to share public information and fire-safety tips.

"It's really all about community, that and having fun," Rossi said. "For me if it's not fun, I wouldn't want to do it."

PMG PHOTO: JUSTIN MUCH - Mount Angel Fire District Classic Fire Apparatus Show lured an ecclectic turnout from around the area on Saturday, Oct. 1.

Photos online

To see photos of the first Mount Angel Fire District Classic Fire Apparatus Show, visit the Woodburn Independent Facebook Page,

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