Pond hockey tournament supports historic fire trucks

February 17, 2015   ·   0 Comments

Acting Captain of Station 36 Randy Shepherd, his son Ben, and Warren Jackson with the two historic trucks.

By Jake Couretpatte

Fire Station 36 in Schomberg is reaching out to the King community to help keep a part of history on the road.
Schomberg residents might recognize the Firemans Club’s 1926 International Lorne Fire Pump, or 1940 Ford two-ton truck, from parades and celebrations about town.
But without the funds for repairs and maintenance, the trucks owned directly by the club may soon be off the road for good.
“Unfortunately our trucks need a substantial amount of work to keep them on the road this year and are in danger of not being able to participate in the various parades,” said Acting Captain Randy Shepherd.
The firefighters are looking to raise the funds in the most Canadian way they can think of – the 1st Annual Restoration Classic Pond Hockey Tournament, taking place at Spray Lake on Keele St. on Sun. March 1.
The vehicles have a very colourful past.
“We bought the pump in 1929, and it was in service until 1954 when Hurricane Hazel came through,” said Shepherd.
With the town flooded out, the pump was overused while trying to pump out basements – and has been in pieces ever since.
“Since then, it’s been a parade truck.”
The association purchased the 1940 truck in the mid-80s, restored it and used the pump in firefighter competitions.
“They picked the truck up in a field north of Bradford,” said Shepherd. “The pump ended up being so strong that we would win fast-water competitions with it.”
The years have taken their toll on the champion truck – although nary a spot is visible on the body of the truck. It’s currently not drivable in its condition.
“It’s got some driveline issues, some major front end issues,” said Shepherd. “Both need new tires all around. A lot of work to be done. The pump was one of the first trucks in the community.
“Unless we get some major money, it’s going to be parked all year. We don’t want that to happen.”
After the success of an in-house pond hockey tournament last winter, the Schomberg department decided to kick it up a notch and open it up to the community.
“It’s a bigger format, and last year it was just for bragging rights. This year we have prizes and incentives.”
The winners of the tournament will receive entry fees to the 2016 Canadian Pond Hockey Championship in Huntsville, and all participants will have access to raffles, a 50/50 draw, BBQ, and other additions on the day of the tournament.
The large surface at Spray Lake will be able to provide five ice pads for four-on-four hockey. Each team is guaranteed four games.
A number of sponsors have already put a foot forward for the event, including Spray Lake, Ranch Wakeboard Park, Tom Marchese Century 21, Motive Media Fleet Graphics, PRM Construction, Schomberg Pub and Grill, Milani Group, and King Fire.
The station is looking for any other individuals or organizations that would like to come forward as a sponsor for the tournament.
For more information on the tournament, or to become a sponsor, you can email them at restorationclassic@bell.net. You can also reach them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/restorationclassic, or find them on Twitter @resto_classic.



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