The Union Volunteer Fire Department of Vale had recently participated in the fire truck festival at the North Carolina Transportation Museum in Spencer. The department’s beautifully restored 1945 Ford Oren Fire Engine took home third place in the show. Formerly in service in Franklin, this was Union’s first truck when the company was organized in 1964. It is powered by a V8 flathead Ford, has a manual transmission and a 500-gpm pump. The truck was sold off in the 80s and was in private hands until it was purchased back by company founding member Bob Schronce in 2013. It was restored and then donated to the department in 2018. Everything is fully functional on the truck minus a water tank. It is currently used in parades, fire prevention, and memorial services. We would like to thank the many supporters for keeping this history alive and personally thank Josh Stiles for towing the truck to the show.

The company also took delivery of a 2024 Chevrolet 3500 Duramax. This truck is replacing a 2006 Ford Crown Victoria, that was a retired sheriff’s car before it was put in service for the fire department. This new truck will be used as a medical responder for EMS calls and support truck for mutual aid calls. We would like to thank Representative Jason Saine and Senator Ted Alexander for their continued support of volunteer fire departments. We would also like to thank Everett Chevrolet, Custom Changes, and ASR Graphics for assisting in the purchase and upfit of this new truck.

– Fire News photos by Colt Henderson