On Sunday, August 30th, the Gilmore Car Museum will host its first Emergency Vehicle Show, featuring new and vintage police, fire, and rescue vehicles.

The event is expected to be one of the largest of its kind in the Midwest.

“We are very excited about this event,” said the Museum’s Executive Director, Michael Spezia. “This is great opportunity for families and their children to get an up close look at these fascinating vehicles.”

Assistant Chief Rick Hoffman of the Richland Fire Department, spear-headed the idea of bringing emergency vehicles together for a show. He said, “I can’t think of a better place to showcase to the public this important part of our history. Originally a few of us firemen had thought about hosting a fire truck muster and maybe in the future creating a fire house museum on the grounds of the Gilmore.”

A decision was made to make the one day show more inclusive and invite more than just fire trucks, opening it up to emergency vehicles of all types. “The response has been fantastic,” said Portage fire fighter Andy Campbell, who has also helped plan the event.

The show has already gathered a lot of interest and vehicles have been confirmed from as far as Indiana and mid-Ohio. The Gilmore Car Museum has also received confirmation that a rare 1959 Edsel police car, Adam-12 and Starsky and Hutch TV cars, a Model T Ford paddy wagon, 1919 Dodge wrecker, and 1926 fire truck will be on the show field.

Several local police and fire departments will be exhibiting everything from patrol cars to K-9 units, S.W.A.T equipment to mobile command centers, plus ambulances, specialty rescue units, and large ladder trucks.

Admission includes access to the entire Gilmore Car Museum and the Emergency Vehicle Show. Cost is $12.00 for adults, children under 11 and Museum Members are free.

The Emergency Vehicle Show is on Sunday, August 30, from 9:00AM - 5:00PM.