MFRD to Unveil Restored Steam Engine and New 100' Aerial

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Murfreesboro Fire Rescue will be unveiling a restored steam fire engine along with a brand new 100' aerial apparatus on Wednesday (October 25) at 2:00 pm at Oaklands Mansion (900 N Maney Avenue). The public is invited for the special reveal.

Chief Mark Foulks says they're excited to have these two pieces of equipment on display for our city leaders, members of our department, and the community on Wednesday. He adds to have these two apparatus side-by-side at the historic Oaklands Mansion will truly be a sight to see!



The 1892 Ahrens steam fire engine was the City's first piece of firefighting equipment. For years, it was stored in one of the sheds at Cannonsburgh Village.

MFRD wanted to have the historic engine restored for use as an educational tool, but also to be displayed at parades and other community events. Due to its fragile condition, the engine had to be lifted by a crane and transported via a flatbed wrecker to Mid-South Emergency Equipment to undergo the restoration process.


Many laborious hours were spent welding, restoring and fabricating metals, painting, repairing the pump, wood working, brass polishing, etc.


Funds were allocated in the 2016 CIP for replacement of MFRD's 1977 Snorkel truck with equipment. With City Council's approval, MFRD selected Sutphen to build the custom 100' mid-mount aerial after completing the bid process. The apparatus will be the frontline engine for the future Station 4, but will be housed at MFRD's Special Ops station (Station 7 located on N Thompson Lane) until new the station is built. This apparatus will enhance aerial coverage for the City and help the department maintain its ISO 2 rating.

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