Missouri S&T students restore historical fire truck

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On August 18, 2023

Students work on a 1920s fire truck in the Kummer Student Design Center. Michael Pierce/Missouri S&T.

Student employees at Missouri S&T’s Kummer Student Design Center had a unique opportunity to work on a piece of Rolla history this summer. The students have been cleaning up one of the city’s first fire trucks, an REO Speed Wagon from the 1920s.

Michael Pierce/Missouri S&T.

The little details imply an interesting past — from brushstrokes that show the truck was hand-painted, to battered metal hinting at misadventures.

Michael Pierce/Missouri S&T.

Once restored, the old fire truck will hopefully gain new life as a part of Rolla parades.

Michael Pierce/Missouri S&T.

Students involved in the project are:

  • Caden Lasley, a sophomore in mechanical engineering from Oxnard, CA
  • Jake Liening, a junior in electrical engineering from Aviston, IL
  • Andrew Matteson, a senior in aerospace engineering from Boonville, MO
  • Drew Parker, a sophomore in mechanical engineering from Ballwin, MO
  • Ted Schoechert, a senior in business and management systems from Cascade, MT
  • Nathaniel Scott, a junior in aerospace engineering from St. Louis.

About Missouri University of Science and Technology

Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T) is a STEM-focused research university of over 7,000 students. Part of the four-campus University of Missouri System and located in Rolla, Missouri, Missouri S&T offers 101 degrees in 40 areas of study and is among the nation’s top 10 universities for return on investment, according to Business Insider. For more information about Missouri S&T, visit www.mst.edu.

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