The 1911 Kissel Fire Engine, in service for the Salida Fire Department from November 1912 until April 1942, is fundraising to match a grant that will allow the Fire Department to fully restore the historic truck. Due to a very generous offer from Rick at Clyde’s Auto Body, all donations will be matched dollar for dollar up to $2500 for the month of June! Please consider donating today.
All donations of $500 and above will be recognized with a permanent plaque on the truck.
All are welcome to donate and see the Kissel Engine at the Fire Station, 124 E Street Salida, CO 81201. Call 539-2212 with questions.
The Kissell has been landmarked locally. The local landmark designation allows the Fire Department to apply for the Colorado State Historical Fund Competitive Grant. Currently, additional funds are required to meet the $15,000 minimum match, which is the 25% match for the State Historical Fund Grant needed to fully restore the truck.
Known Problems/What needs to be restored or worked on:
- The Kissel needs the original updraft carburetor.
- The steering is very stiff and needs work.
- The Engine needs to be inspected and freshened up.
- The wooden steering wheel is held together with tape.
- The body is in decent shape with some body work required and new paint.
To find out more about the project visit: https://cityofsalida.com/projects/historic-kissel-engine-restoration/