The Michigan Firemen’s Memorial Festival has been celebrating the lives, bravery and dedication of Michigan Firefighters for 32 years. This year’s 2011 Festival drew thousands of visitors from across the country, and around the world, for its traditional memorial services, parades, demonstrations and exhibition of Made-In-Michigan fire apparatus at the Roscommon Fire Training Grounds, formerly the Roscommon Fairgrounds. The Michigan Firemen’s Memorial Festival is a place where firefighters, their families, friends and community can join together to remember and honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the protection and safety of their fellow man.
HME was once again proud to not only participate in the Festival, with a display of its own fine Made-In-Michigan Fire Trucks, but also to support this great Michigan-Community event through radio promotions, special gifts for festival visitors, and by partnering with the Festival in the production of this year’s Official 2011 Festival Program.
On Saturday, HME offered free HME Ahrens-Fox® ball caps to festival visitors as they passed through the gates. These ball caps featured HME’s “Made-In-Michigan” badge on the front and an official, embroidered HME Ahrens-Fox® emblem on the side, along with the “Buy Michigan First” slogan stitched across the back strap. Just how popular where these caps? 5,000 were given away in less than 45-minutes after the gates opened!
But HME Ahrens-Fox® ball caps weren’t the only stars of the festival. Among the many great fire apparatus on display at the Festival was the new HME Red Fox. This agile, economical and high-performance fire truck was made for serving the needs and demands of rural communities, villages and cities across the Great Lakes State - and across the country. The Red Fox exclusive “Safety Zone” is also proving to be a favorite feature with firefighters everywhere. If you missed the Red Fox in its appearance at the Michigan Firemen’s Memorial Festival this fall, enjoy the following video of the Red Fox in action, along with full details and more information about its quality HME construction and special features.
Another HME Fire Apparatus making an appearance at the Festival this year was the HME SilverFox®. The affordable SilverFox® offers cities and communities custom fire-fighting capabilities along with HME quality and features including an HME Ahrens-Fox® SFO Heavy-Duty Chassis, with an industry leading 52-degree front cramp turning angle. The SilverFox’s stainless steel high rescue style body body also provides superior rust and corrosion resistance for years to come and adds even more value to this already highly cost-conscious fire apparatus. Armed with a 1,250-GPM pump and a 1,000-gallon poly tank, this custom pumper delivers the fire fighting performance that’s Made-In-Michigan, yet built for America.
An HME fire truck making a surprise stop at this year’s Festival was this HME 78-foot Aerial (above) on its way to its new home on Mackinac Island. The new HME Aerial will join another HME fire apparatus, an HME RAT, that has now been serving with the Mackinac Island Fire Department since 2003. Make sure to stop back at the HME Blog for more about this unique fire apparatus and its amazing journey to beautiful and historic Mackinac Island. You can keep up-to-date on this story and the latest fire industry news with your HMEAxxess Phone App, now available FREE for your iPhone, iPad or Droid.