August 02, 2020

Antique McCann fire pumper brought to old Bangor home and new museum

The newest addition to the Cole Land Transportation Museum — a 1927 McCann fire truck formerly used by the Bangor Fire Department — returned to Bangor under its own power Tuesday.

The old pumper truck was built in Portland by McCann. The Bangor Fire Department used the machine for 20 years, housing it at the old Station 6 on Center Street.

In 1947, Bangor sold the pumper to the town of Morrill for $1,000. The Morrill Fire Department used it until 1963 and, in turn, sold it to Ramon Collemer of Lincolnville. He stored it under his barn where it has stayed for 27 years.

On Tuesday, a crew from Robbins Lumber of Searsmont hauled the truck from Lincolnville to Bangor. The fire truck was unloaded and made it down Perry Road to the museum under its own power.

The truck is sturdy but not in show condition, said Galen Cole, the musuem’s founder. “It needs a lot of work. It’ll be a major restoration that’ll keep us busy this winter,” he added.

Retired firefighters familiar with the equipment are welcome to help with the work, Cole said. Cole also said he is looking for an authentic spotlight, siren, hoses and nozzles.

For more information, call the Cole Museum at 942-7311.

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