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Vintage fire engine finds its way back to the Service

17/7/2017

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service are pleased to welcome an antique fire engine from the 1950s back into their care.

“It is really fantastic to see an old engine in such good condition and we’re really excited to have this piece of history back in our care. We are already coming up with some ideas of how we can restore the Thorny to working order and we’re excited about how it can be used in the future – watch this space!"

Deputy Chief Fire Officer Rob Barber

Over the last 20 years the vintage truck has been housed at several locations thanks to Peter Harkness and two of his friends, who rescued the vehicle from a shed in a Welsh forest where it sat disused for many years, and restored it.

The engine, a Thornycroft, most recently spent time at the Museum of Royal Air Force (RAF) Firefighting in Lincoln. When the museum could no longer store the Thorny the three friends offered it back to its former home in Staffordshire.

Deputy Chief Fire officer Rob Barber said: “It is really fantastic to see an old engine in such good condition and we’re really excited to have this piece of history back in our care. We are already coming up with some ideas of how we can restore the Thorny to working order and we’re excited about how it can be used in the future – watch this space!

“We are very grateful to all those who have kept the truck in such good condition and stored it for so many years. Especially Peter Harkness who has made sure the engine has stayed safe for all of this time.”

Peter Harkness, who rescued the fire engine along with his friends Phil Southwell and Ian McBride said: "We are very grateful to the Fire & Rescue service for taking the Thornycroft back and we hope they are able to find it a home where the public can see it and learn what fire fighting was like more than 60 years ago."