Michigan museum will welcome hundreds of vintage fire trucks, police cars and EMS units at its first
Emergency Vehicle Show
Red lights, amber lights and spotlights will be light up the grounds of the Gilmore Car Museum in Hickory Corners, Mich., on Aug. 30 as the museum hosts its first Emergency Vehicle Show. The show will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. while both new and vintage police, fire, and rescue vehicles grace the museum's picturesque grounds.
“The 90-acre campus of the Gilmore Car Museum, is the perfect setting for this event,” said Assistant Chief Rick Hoffman of the Richland Fire Department, who spear-headed the idea of bringing emergency vehicles together for a show. “I can’t think of a better place to showcase to the public this important part of our history.”
“Originally a few of us firemen had thought about hosting a fire truck muster,” Hoffman explained, “and maybe in the future creating a fire house museum on the grounds of the Gilmore.”
A decision was made to be more inclusive and hold a one-day show for all emergency vehicles to gauge interest in the community. “The response has been fantastic,” said Portage fire fighter Andy Campbell, who has also helped plan the event.
The show has already gathered a lot of interest and vehicles have been confirmed from as far as Indiana and mid-Ohio. The Gilmore Car Museum also received confirmation that a rare 1959 Edsel police car, an Adam-12 and Starsky and Hutch cars, a Model T Ford paddy wagon, 1919 Dodge Brothers wrecker, and 1926 fire truck will be on the show field.
Several local police and fire departments will be exhibiting everything from patrol cars to K-9 units, S.W.A.T equipment to mobile command centers, plus ambulances, specialty rescue units, and large ladder trucks.
The Great Lakes Burn Camp, which provides a unique experience to burn injured children, will also have a display and dunk tank at the show. The Michigan State Police and the Indiana State Police Museum are also scheduled to take part in the day’s festivities.
The public is invited to this family-friendly event. General admission, which includes access to the entire Gilmore Car Museum plus the Emergency Vehicle Show is $12.00 for adults, with children under 11 and Museum Members admitted for free. Departments and municipalities, along with their crews, that bring an emergency vehicle or display to the show are also free. Hobbyists and collectors, who have preserved many of these often overlooked emergency vehicles, are encouraged to show their police cars, fire trucks, or ambulances as well for only $6 per person.