Thursday, May 15, 2014

Forest fire vehicles on display at the VMT thru June 30

Virginia Department of Forestry to display wildfire vehicles at the

Virginia Museum of Transportation from May 10 through June 30, 2014 

Five vehicles used to battle wildfires in the Commonwealth will be on display at the Virginia Museum of Transportation beginning this Saturday as part of the Virginia Department of Forestry’s (VDOF) 100th anniversary as a state agency.

The exhibit at the Roanoke-based museum will run for seven weeks, closing June 30th.

“This exhibit will give the museum visitors a chance to get up close to some of the finest pieces of life- safety vehicles available anywhere,” said Virginia Museum of Transportation Executive Director Beverly T. Fitzpatrick, Jr. “The Virginia Department of Forestry uses these specialty vehicles to suppress the more than 1,200 wildfires that burn each year in Virginia. We are very excited to have them on display.”

The five vehicles include: a 1990 Hummer, which was obtained from the U.S. military and converted to a wildfire engine; a 2014 Ford F-450 with a 6.7-liter twin turbo diesel engine; a 2000 Chevrolet pickup truck, which is the front line of defense against wildfires across the state, and a John Deere 450J dozer fire plow atop a GMC C8500 transport.

State Forester of Virginia Bettina Ring said, “While the fire plow’s engine generates just 70 horsepower, it gets the job done – be it putting a fire line in half the way up a mountain or cutting a line through a pine plantation. It’s the primary fire suppression tool in our toolbox.”

The exhibit at the Virginia Museum of Transportation marks the first time the VDOF vehicles have been on display in a museum.

“We are honored to have partnered with the Virginia Museum of Transportation,” Ring said. “The Virginia Museum of Transportation is a first-class operation with a great collection of vehicles of all kinds.”

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Posted By Valerie Garner

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