Christmas Parade

A few months ago, organizers at Jacksonville e-mailed to ask if the Amphibious Fire Engine could perform as Santa Claus' sleigh in their Christmas parade. This makes two years in a row. It could become a tradition.

Gathering at the Oaks car show

Out of the blue a few weeks ago I received a phone call from Kirk Gerbracht, one of the organizers of the Gathering at the Oaks car show. He invited us to bring the SOHS Amphibious Fire Engine to his third annual event on September 12. The show takes place on the lawn at the Rogue Valley Country Club.

SOHS Amphibious Fire Engine to Participate in Concours d’Elegance!

The Southern Oregon Historical Society is pleased to announce that our 1946 “amphibious fire engine” has been chosen to participate in the Rogue Valley Country Club’s 3

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Pear Blossom Parade Saga

Thanks to SOHS's intrepid, persistent volunteers, the Amphibious Fire Engine was in the Pear Blossom Parade in 2019. Here is their story, as told by Ben Truwe (photos provided by Doug McGeary):

Wood House Harvest Festival 2018

The SOHS Amphibious Fire Engine will be at the Wood House Harvest Festival on October 6th and 7th, from 9am to 4pm. Come on out! 

First Prize in the Ashland Parade!

Ashland Parade 2018 First PlaceSOHS's fire engine won First Price for Vehicles in the Ashland Parade! The fire engine's first appearance in Ashland in forty years marks the end of yet another phase in its life and the beginning of a new one.

Ready for the July 4th Ashland Parade!

Fire EngineAfter thousands of volunteer hours--and thousands of dollars of community donations--Ashland's Amphibious Fire Engine is whole again.

Joe Davis and Dave Delmue of Morgan Hill, California are the heroes of the week

Our regular Tuesday work session saw us not at the usual garage but at Joe Davis' shop scratching our heads ov

Beautiful new ladder!

fire engine with its new ladderUsing nothing more than some donated lumber, 100-year-old hardware and about fifty hours of his time, SOHS Board Member Greg Applen fabricated an authentic reproduction extension ladder.  It isn't only a beautiful piece of work, it really dresses up the right side of the vehicle.

Thanks, Greg!

Fourth of July in Ashland?

Work on the fire engine is slowing down as there's less and less to do on it.

Water pumps, steering and wires

Our new water pumps arrived Saturday.

New Water Pumps

With the radiator repaired and back in place, Phil, Mike and Joe filled it with coolant and were ready to take it for a drive around the parking lot--which they would have done if the leaks hadn't been so intractible.

New Wheels and Tires!

6 new tires and powder painted wheels were delivered today courtesy of TP Trucking and Craig Turner.

Firefighter Sandy Bennett Visits

Retired Ashland Firefighter Sandy Bennett and his wife Judy visited the workshop today.
He may be the oldest surviving  firefighter who was in the Ashland Fire Department before

The Steering Wheel is Restored

Jim Missildine offered to restore our steering wheel … and he delivered it today!  It’s as good as new now.

Fire Engine has a New Bench

Volunteer Phil Kessler designed and constructed a 4-passenger bench for the rear of our fire engine. Now we will be able to transport passengers safely during parades.

Fire Engine in the News

KOBI-5 aired our story (all 60 seconds of it): 

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