A Fire Truck Constructed of Apples
During; National Apple Week, from October 31 to November 6. the little city of Springdale, Ark., situated in the heart of the Ozark apple section, celebrated the event by displays in practically every shop window in town. Not to be outdone in local patriotism, the fire department, under the leadership of Chief G. E. Umbaugh, made up one of the unique displays shown. It consisted, as will be seen by the illustration herewith, furnished through the courtesy of Chief Umbaugh, of a miniature fire truck made of apples, and a concealed electric motor kept the wheels turning. On the side of the truck was a ladder made of apples, below which were the initials “S. F. D.,” also worked out in apples. A bottle tilled with apple cider, with the picture of a mule across the face, represented “Apple Jack.” Included in the exhibit were boxes, baskets and plates of apples, representing many different varieties. The exhibit was planned by members of the fire department, and as is evident by the picture much ingenuity was displayed in working out the idea. The display was shown in the window of a local plumbing establishment.
The fire department capitalized their idea by distributing fire prevention posters to those who viewed the exhibit. Chief Umbaugh writes: “We are constantly working on the fire prevention idea, and have reduced our fire losses to a minimum.”