Preserving appreciation of Greendale, Wisconsin, a National Historic Landmark
and one of only three American Greenbelt communities.

Greendale’s First Fire Engine is Returning Home

Greendale’s First Fire Engine is Returning Home

A big red piece of Greendale’s history is returning home. The 1938 Diamond T Model 509s fire engine that was used by the Village of Greendale Fire Department in 1938 — and for many years following — was donated to the Greendale Historical Society by Steven Cohrs of New Jersey earlier this week.

“We are very excited to have this truck return home,” said Ted Mainella, president of the Greendale Historical Society. “The Diamond T is a valuable part of Greendale’s history and it will be housed, maintained, displayed and shared with the community.”

The fire engine is currently en route to Wisconsin on an enclosed semi-trailer. The transportation to bring the truck to Greendale is being paid for by a generous donation from Al Emmons of Greendale.

“Some repairs will need to be made the historical truck’s engine, but it is otherwise in very good shape,” said Mainella. “We’ll have a better idea of its condition when it arrives later this week. It rolls but does not run.”

The fire engine is 27 feet long, and 8 feet wide and high. There are ladders, hoses and search lights. The truck was previously owned in Utah and Michigan.

The value of the truck is estimated at $37,000. The Society will partner with the Village of Greendale in the storage and use of this exceptional piece of our history.

Tour Historic Greendale

This summer, the Greendale Historical Society is offering guided tours of Historic Downtown Greendale. The tours will coincide with the Open Market held on Greendale’s Broad Street in between Northway and Schoolway. in the shadow of the iconic Village Hall.

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Our Mission

It is the mission of the Greendale Historical Society to preserve and promote the buildings, landmarks and artifacts that illustrate the history of Greendale, Wisconsin; to increase awareness, understanding and appreciation of the Village’s founding, growth and designation as a National Historic Landmark; and to strengthen the current and future historic character of the Village.

5650 Parking Street
Greendale, WI 53129
Phone: (414) 423-7064

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Ted Mainella, President
William Attewell, Vice President
Kevin Nitka, Treasurer
Bob DeRoche, Secretary

At-Large Board Members:

Jim Burns, Mike Connor, Kathleen Kendellen Hart, William Hughes, Georgianne Heymann, Mark Kapacious, Bob Prindiville, Kristi Sanders and Brenda Siemers

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