Unit : 314
Year : 1952
Model : Oren
As Elkton shook off the effects of the Great Depression and World War II a tremendous amount of growth occurred in the community. To keep up with the demands of the expanding place, new housing developments sprouting up in farm fields at the edge of town, the Singerly Fire Company launched a series of advances. One of those involved replacing two obsolete pieces of firefighting equipment with a 1952 Oren, a “heavy duty pumper,” capable of pumping 750 gallons of water a minute. It also had a booster tank carrying three hundred gallons of water. Costing almost $17,000, the Oren went in service in January 1952. The department also had a modern fire station on North Street for the unit, which had opened in 1950. It is this unit that recently returned home to Singerly.
A 60 year old firetruck has returned home at last to Singerly Fire Company. Officials at the Elkton fire company welcomed the 1952 Oren fire truck during a ceremony on August 26, 2012. Charles Richard Fox, a former Oren firetruck salesman who purchased the truck from Singerly for $500 20 years ago, fully restored it. He has now returned it back to Singerly, which exhibits it in its museum.