The restoration project began when a Turlock firefighter saw the 1927 truck sitting idle for several years, thinking that Turlock Fire could restore it to its original luster. After approaching others in their organization with the idea, it was determined that the organization would take on the challenge. But how to get it done was another matter. They learned that another fire department had a truck restored, and the department was contacted. It was then that they learned that female inmates from CCWF’s vocational program had done the work.
“We are excited to return the truck to Turlock Fire,” said CCWF Warden Deborah Patrick. “It’s important to the city of Turlock and to Turlock Fire as it will be used for parades, school programs and other community functions. It also provided several of our inmates the opportunity to put their vocational skills into practice, increasing their odds of success for eventual reentry to their community and future job prospects.”
Turlock Fire officials anticipate that the truck will be displayed at Fire Station No. 1 in Turlock, which is building a new fire station to replace the outdated station currently in use. The city of Turlock put the fire truck into service in 1927 at the same fire station, where it was used until 1966. After being taken out of service, the truck sat idle for several years until the plan was set in motion to restore it. It is one of the few remaining operational fire trucks of this make and model.
“This project was very important to the inmates who worked on it,” said Warden Patrick. “They are very proud of their accomplishments and are thrilled to see that they are able to give back to the community, even while they are incarcerated.”