City of Upper Arlington, Ohio

Engine 1: Upper Arlington's First Fire Truck

Engine 1 Factory Photo

Engine 1 LogoIn 1930, the growing community of Upper Arlington ordered its first fire engine to equip a recently formed Fire Division. The new fire truck was supplied by the Seagrave Company, located on South High Street in Columbus, for the sum of $8,750.

Engine 1 served the community as a front-line engine for eight years, before becoming a reserve vehicle, used as a back-up engine and for community events for several decades.

Following the retirement of the original Engine 1 in the 1960s, the truck languished in storage for many years. It was donated to the Central Ohio Fire Museum in the late 1990s. The museum already had a restored version of this Seagrave truck, so the Upper Arlington vehicle quickly found itself back in storage.

Today, the men and women of the Fire Division have completed restoration of this historic fire apparatus. The project was a partnership between the City of Upper Arlington and Upper Arlington Fire Fighters IAFF Local 1521, with assistance from other community entities.

The total amount raised was $100,000, allowing for a multi-year restoration effort that culminated in the truck making its public debut as a participant in the 2005 Upper Arlington Fourth of July Parade.

It is the goal of the Fire Division that Engine 1 will become a familiar sight in the community, being showcased at numerous community events, and serving an historical and educational role for the Fire Division.
 
Helping Us Maintain our Heritage

We hope you can be part of this community effort to preserve a valuable piece of our history for future generations to enjoy. Donations large and small will help us maintain Upper Arlington's original fire truck for generations to come.

How to Donate

Make checks payable to the Upper Arlington Community Foundation Fund. Be sure to indicate in the "memo" section of your check that your donation is for the UA Engine 1 Project. Submit your donations to:

Engine 1 Project
c/o UA Community Foundation Fund
at the Columbus Foundation
1234 East Broad Street
Columbus, OH 43215

You may also drop your donation off at Fire Division Headquarters at 3861 Reed Road, or at any Upper Arlington Fire Station.

Restored Engine 1