"BIG RED" Rabun County's First Fire Engine to Be Restored
We need your help to bring big red back to life!
The Lake Burton Civic Association intends to restore BIG RED back to its original 1948 condition. The fully restored fire engine will be put on display at community events and featured in parades to help promote the importance of our Volunteer Fire Departments and encourage community support.
“The goal is to feature BIG RED in community activities as a means of assisting with the continuous need to recruit new volunteers” says Tom Madison, LBCA Board Member.
While the final cost to restore BIG RED to its original glory is not yet finalized, the LBCA believes the cost will be in the $30,000 – $50,000 range. A restoration services provider has been identified in Gainesville, Georgia to provide the restoration services at a significantly discounted cost. The first step will be to complete an initial assessment of the engine, brakes, and drive train components. No one is quite sure how long it has been since BIG RED was able to be run.
An initial donation of $5,000 has already been pledged for funding of the initial phase of restoration assessment. Since being removed from service in 1997, the “old pumper" has been parked by the Mountain Patrol office on Burton Dam Road. Assuming the funds needed for restoration costs can be obtained quickly, the LBCA hopes to complete the project in time for BIG RED to be featured in the Lake Burton Centennial Celebration events planned for next summer.
The names of donors contributing $500.00 or more will be engraved on a plaque to be displayed on BIG RED to honor their support.
Donations, which all qualify for tax deductions, can be made in several different ways:
Contact Tom Madison for more information or assistance with donations:
Phone or text: 770-843-8841
*The LBCAF was formed by the LBCA in 2000 as a supporting 501(c)(3) charitable foundation to receive tax deductible charitable contributions.