St. Patrick’s Day Special – Going Green in Virginia

Going Green in Virginia

By Mike Sanders  mnsand@visuallink.com

In celebration of St. Patrick’s day, I thought it might be fun to highlight some of the green fire apparatus that are located around the state of Virginia.  Before we start, let me recognize that there are a number of departments with fire trucks that have green stripes or are painted lime green.  For the purposes of this St. Patrick’s day, we will focus on those departments who have their apparatus painted a dark green.

Clover Hill – Rockingham County

What a great department to visit.  Photographing green and white fire trucks on green grass with green trees….it doesn’t get much better.  Clover Hill has a unique variety of apparatus.  Engine 172 for Clover Hill is a 2011 Pierce Arrow XT Puc engine equipped with a 1500/750.  A 1996 E-One Protector 1250/600 runs as Engine 174.  Big water is handled by Tanker 17, a 2011 International 7600/Pierce 3000 gallon tanker.  In addition to those trucks, a unique 2000 Hummer runs as Attack 17, Brush 17 is a 1977 Chevrolet, and Squad 173 is a 1988 Dodge Ram.  Adorning some of the apparatus is unique art work.  Ambulances at Clover Hill are painted white with green stripes.  If you are ever in the Harrisonburg area, this is a fun stop to visit.

Mt. Jackson – Shenandoah County

A new member of the green fire truck community is Mt. Jackson in Shenandoah County.  The Mt. Jackson Rescue Squad had used green on their ambulances and medium size squad truck for a number of years.  When the fire and rescue departments combined, newer purchased apparatus were painted in a unique green and black.  Pumper 21 is the department’s newest arrival and is a 1996 Pierce Dash that was purchased from Kutztown, Pennsylvania where it was painted red and white.  Engine 21 is a 1989 Pierce Lance, and like Pumper 21, it was originally painted red and white when it served Prince Frederick, Maryland.  Not to be outdone, the 2009 International/Horton monster medic is also painted in a striking green and black.  Finally, Squad 21 is still painted in its original green and white colors and is a 1995 International/Marion.  Now wouldn’t that one be unique with black paint added?

Weyers Cave – Rockingham County

Another great visit for green fire trucks is Weyers Cave just off of I81 in Rockingham County.  Rumor is that Weyers Cave went green when they purchased a 1969 Peter Pirsch fire engine from the Rouss Fire Company in Winchester.  Since then, Weyers Cave has gone with green on their trucks.  And nice they are.  Engine 52 is a 1988 Hahn four door set off nicely with its green wheels.  Engine 53 is a 2008 KME Predator rescue engine followed by Engine 54, a 1998 Sutphen.  A 1994 green Ford LS tanker built by New Lexington operates as Tanker 50.  One other green truck is a 2002 Dodge Ram brush truck.

Rouss Fire Company – Winchester City

A unique station with plenty of history operates in Winchester City.  The Rouss Fire Company operates two trucks – both ladder trucks.  Green has an extensive history at Rouss where green was the color since the early 1900’s.  At one time, Rouss ran engine companies and ladder trucks from their station.  They became a specialty house with ladder trucks only, and at one time had three ladders running.  Today, Rouss houses Truck 2 and Ladder 2.  Truck 2 is a 1998 Pierce Dash 75’ rear mount and Ladder 2 is a 1992 Spartan Gladiator/LTI 105’ rear mount that was purchased from Elmont, New York where it was once red and white.

After years of visiting Virginia fire stations and photographing many fire trucks, these are the green ones that stand out.  I am sure there are others out there, and if I missed them, I apologize.  Be sure to comment on other green apparatus located in Virginia.

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  • Ryan says:

    East Rivanna Vol Fire Department. In Albemarle co has some good lookin green apparatus!

  • Mike Sanders says:

    Ryan, thank you. Yes, East Rivanna has some nice green and white apparatus. Unfortunately, I have never had the opportunity to visit East Rivanna. However, they always make a good showing at the Apple Blossom Festival in Winchester. Over the years, they have brought a variety of trucks. Thank you for the mention of East Rivanna.

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