MORE NEWS ON ENGINE 51 She moved back to California's L.A. area on August 8th, 2008 after serving 21 years active duty for Yosemite National Park. The following account by Kelly, a geologist working Yosemite.
I do know that there are a lot of fans of Emergency! on this board. She is getting set to retire in a couple of weeks and she will be missed by all.
Posted by Kelly on June 23, 2008 - Monday 11:25 PM
Posted 2008-07-04 12:30 AM (52691) Subject: Memories of Engine 51 Location: Yosemite NP (Caprica) URL: Fan Forum
I do not serve active fire duty up here.
I remember coming up to Yosemite the first time on a geology field trip. It was 1991, and this particular trip is the one that was responsible for changing my major to geology. But I think one of the things I remembered from that trip was learning that the volunteer fire department in Yosemite uses THE Engine 51 from the show Emergency! The first time I worked up here, which was the summer of 92, is when I learned that Engine 7 is actually THE Engine 51. I live behind the station where she currently resides. On good weather days, they usually pull her out, since she's the local celebrity.
I was a fan of the show, and I was excited that a piece of television history made Yosemite its home.
HOW IT HAPPENED IN THE LATE SUMMER OF 2008.
I found out today that she's leaving in a couple of weeks and I will find out the exact day. She is being reunited with the squad.
She is getting ready to be moved to the LA County Fire Department Museum where she will be reunited with Squad 51 once again. The day she leaves will be a sad day for me. Like I said, I've been a fan of the show since I was a young child, and know several people who became firemen and paramedics because of the show.
I've lived up here full-time since 1995. I've seen Engine 51 drive around the valley, sometimes right past my home. I've watched her parked while the crew guides in helicopters. I've seen her at work during the New Year flood of 1997.
I've taken some pictures of Engine 51 that I wish to share. I will post those in a bit.
I've also included some links to sites dedicated to Emergency!, and some about Engine 51's life in Yosemite.
From: From: Woyjeck, Joe (JWoyjeck@********) Subject: RE: Engine 51 retiring from Yosemite.. Letter to the museum Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2008 21:43:19 -0700
Yes its true....Engine 51 (the Ward) is in our museum parked nicely next to squad 51. We will be completing a minor restoration as we figure out the best marketing plan to generate the necessary funds to restore the engine the way she needs to be restored. Take care and watch our web site. Joe Woyjeck
Fire Captain L.A.Co. FD VP County of Los Angeles Fire Museum
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ From: Paul Schneider (engine31@*******) Sent: Tue 8/26/08 1:34 PM
We will not be starting the restoration for some time but when we do it should take about a year.
The Ward now sits next to Squad 51 and the original Engine 51. We plan on having an open house sometime in November to officially welcome the Ward home.
Thanks for the link and the interest.
I posted some more pictures of her (Engine 51) on the flatbed for those interested.
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