Why a Fire Truck?
In 1949, the town of Mattapoisett purchased our fire truck from the Maxim Motor Company in Middleboro Massachusetts. In the 70’s, the Maxim fire truck was auctioned by the Town of Mattapoisett and Giles Dunn won the closed bid for $302. Joseph C. Whitcomb, Dunn’s father-in-law, was President of Maxim Motor Company at the time the truck was built, so it held a special significance to him.
Giles Dunn planned to incorporate the fire truck into the agency’s brand by using the image as a logo for letterhead and signage. As a fully-working fire truck, he joked that he’d also drive it around town to sign up new customers. Throughout the years the truck was used in many parades and for fundraising events.
In 2011, the truck was in need of repairs and the agency was moving to a new larger facility. David Dunn looked for a place the truck could be well cared for and still serve its special place in Mattapoisett. After a chance conversation with Mattapoisett Fire Chief Andy Murray, the truck was donated to the Mattapoisett Rescue Association to be maintained and showcased at local parades and events. The 1949 Fire Truck continues to be a Mattapoisett fixture.
Over the years, the G.H. Dunn fire truck has remained important to our agency. It has been a part of our logo since 1975. It continues to be a part of our brand because it represents the history of the G.H. Dunn family and Mattapoisett. The fire truck continues to signify safety, community, strength and commitment.
“The truck has always meant the world to my family and the agency. When we announced plans to sell it a few years ago, we received a tremendous amount of feedback and concern that the truck would be gone forever. It was nice to know that the truck was so well-loved in the community.” — David Dunn, President