The Legion Fire Deptartment was started by a group of WWI veterans who wanted to continue serving their country, but the local fire department was already full.
Around 1920, they purchased there first fire engine, and the Legion Fire Deptarment was born. In 1922, they added a second truck, Legion Company Two.
As the men got older and could only operate one truck, they gave Legion Two to the town of Tisbury, which became Tisbury Engine One.
After WWII, the returning veterans took over and replaced their aging firetruck with a brand new 1949 American LaFrance. Up until 1978, only Veterans were allowed to serve on the Legion Pumper.
With the end of the wars, ended the influx of veterans, so the town took over the Legion Fire Company with the stipulation that any truck that bears the name, Engine Three will be named "LEGION PUMPER". Presently, many of the members of the Legion Pumper are sons and grandsons of American War Heroes.
With your help, we can both return this piece of living fire history to its home in the Town of Tisbury and restore it back to it's original 1949 condition.
Won't you help us today?
-Tisbury Firefighters Association
July 19th: Tisbury American LaFrance came into Vineyard Haven Harbor tonight!! So thankful to have her back home in Tisbury.
August 15th: Restoration is well underway! Cabin lights in working condition, pump in good shape, and original bell installed!
September 2nd: The old lettering has been removed and replaced with, "Tisbury Legion No. 1."
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- Ray Pearce
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- Doug Bardwell
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