Unique fire truck used to give firefighters their 'last alarm'

Published: Dec. 16, 2011 at 1:11 PM MST|Updated: Mar. 2, 2018 at 4:08 PM MST
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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - The Last Alarm Foundation announced the completion of their 'last alarm' fire truck that will be used to transport firefighters to their final resting place.

The 1954 Mack-L will give our local heroes their 'last alarm' call.

After six years of restorations, hundreds of hours of labor by volunteers and over $300,000 in donations, the fire truck is ready to be used in this special way.

Fallen Tucson firefighters, police and public safety workers will be able to make their 'last alarm' ride to their final resting place.

The apparatus features a custom built casket lift system that can raise a firefighter safely above the hosebed for display during the traditional funeral procession.

After 30 years of serving with the Tucson Fire Department, James Russell, who died in March 2010, will be the first to have the Last Alarm ride.

Russell was a contributor to the Last Alarm Foundation as a board member and original restoration director.

Russell's son, Tom Russell, has been patiently holding his dad's ashes at his home in anticipation of this honor.

The public is invited to the christening ceremony of the fire truck Friday morning at Adair Funeral Home starting at 9 a.m.

It will be followed by a funeral procession to Holy Hope Cemetery at 9:15 a.m.

This one-of-a-kind fire truck will also be made available free of charge to any retirees, Arizona public safety officials or Make-A-Wish Foundation recipients who request the use of the vehicle for a Last Alarm ride.

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