High Noon: Shootout with Neal Cobb is a wonderful history series that delves into fascinating Nevada topics with local experts. Neal Cobb is a passionate historian and honorary curator for the Nevada Historical Society. He loves all things Nevada. Join Neal Cobb and our monthly speaker as we explore interesting topics and join in the audience conversations.
Thursday, August 19, 2021
Speaker, Jon Wagner, Retired Reno Fireman
Lecture Title: Finding and restoring part of RFD’s past
In April 2006 Jon and a group of Reno Firefighters found out about an ex-Reno FD 1917 American Lafrance tractor drawn aerial fire ladder truck for sale in the SFO Bay area. After a couple of trips to see the 1917 ALF arrangements were made to purchase it and bring it back to Reno. The 1917 ALF is now 95% complete with only a few details remaining incomplete along with some tools and equipment. The restoration process was extensively documented with photographs. This program will take you through all the steps in this 15 year restoration process.
Jon has been a Reno resident since October 1978. Moving to Reno from Miami, FL where he was born and raised. After Jon moved to Reno, he started working for the NV Division of Forestry in October of 1979. He helped build the NDF Verdi Fire Station that was located on Garson Rd. At 8:00 am on Jan. 21, 1985 Jon started work as a recruit in the Training Academy at the Reno Fire Department.
Jon lead the effort to successfully find and fully restore one of Reno’s early ladder trucks. Working with many other Reno firefighters, have restored four large pieces of equipment and numerous photographs and artifacts. The group has created a a few exhibitions to show what they’ve done and to celebrate Reno firemen history.
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