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1950 HVFD REO Renovation

The Hillandale Volunteer Fire Department (HVFD) is proud to announce the return of our long-lost 1950 Ransom Eli Oldsmobile (REO) fire truck!  In 1949, the Hillandale Volunteer Fire Department purchased the REO/American 750 GPM pumper from the American Fire Apparatus Company in Battle Creek Michigan.  It serviced the Hillandale community until 1971 at which time it was sold to a small fire department in Pennsylvania.  In 2017, after 46 years, HVFD reacquired the REO, returning it home to Hillandale! Click here to watch our REO in action!

Modest compared to other well-funded departments, it was our pride and joy.  We are now in the long and tedious process of renovating this engine to a serviceable state.  The Velocity Channel has been documenting this effort and showcased it on Junkyard Empire, on August 1st.  Click Here to watch the show which is entitled "The Big Red Build" (Episode 4)! A special thanks to Andy Cohen and Junkyard Empire for helping us get the restoration process started.  

Your help is needed to assist us with the financial support to renovate the REO.  When completed the vehicle will be a stable part of our community education campaign that includes teaching CPR, Until Help Arrives, Stop the Bleed, and fire prevention and education programs. All funds collected for the REO go to that project. This project is managed, staffed, and supported  by the volunteers and friends of HVFD.



Also, thank you to those who are sending us old pictures of the REO Firetruck!  If you have pictures, we'd love to post them on this website.  Please send them to