In 1943, as World War II continued to strike harsh effects across the country and globe, vehicles for civilian use took a back seat for the production of vehicles dedicated to the war efforts.
During this time, the City of Wapakoneta was in need of a new fire engine, and sought special permission from the War Department for the purchase.
According to retired honorary auxiliary member with the Wapakoneta Fire Department, Delmar Merricle, the truck is still in pretty good shape.
“We bought that truck in 1943 and we had to get permission from the Defense Department to purchase this truck,” Merricle said. “I think it’s very historical for the fire department and the community.”
The truck that was purchased is a 1943 Seagrave Fire Engine model 66E7, which features a V-12 engine with a dual ignition system that requires 24 spark plugs and dual carburetors.
For the full story, see the Tuesday, July 29 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.