Kingman Fire Department’s first fire apparatus a brand new 1922 American LaFrance pumper. MCR/Kingman Fire Department/File Photo
KINGMAN – The Kingman Fire Department is seeking individual or corporate donations for the restoration of Kingman’s first-ever fire apparatus, known as the “FROG.”
Initial restoration estimates to get the “FROG” running again, are upwards of $25,000, so the department is looking for the community’s help to keep this important piece of history alive.
The Kingman Fire Department was created on September 22, 1921, and later that year, on October 6, 1921, a piece of Kingman’s history was made.
Kingman Fire Department’s first fire apparatus was purchased. It was a brand new 1922 American LaFrance pumper. It was used for many decades. The historical vehicle now sits, waiting to be rejuvenated.
Many fire departments across the nation do one of two things with their historical piece of apparatus — mothball them, where that piece of history never sees the light of day, or use them as parade vehicles to remind people of the rich, local history.
Kingman Fire’s American LaFrance has been mothballed, but KFD needs the public’s help bringing “FROG” back to life.
For donation information, contact Kingman Fire Chief Jake Rhoades at firstname.lastname@example.org or 928-753-2891.