A local rafting company is using an old fire truck for something new. 59 News spoke with officials from Adventures on the Gorge about how they’re turning a fire truck into a new vehicle to help haul rafts.
Alan Jennings spent Monday afternoon remembering his son at a place they both loved. “It was very emotional when PJ was reading the dedication about Brian. I started to tear up and anytime someone talks about my son I just feel so proud and I just miss him so much everyday, so for this to happen is quite an honor for me and my wife,” said Alan Jennings, raft guide for Adventures on the Gorge. Alan’s son passed in the spring of 2014 from complications of testicular cancer, but before that he was a rafting guide for the company for 15 years. And Monday his memory was honored by Adventures on the Gorge, dedicating their newest rafting vehicle to his memory. “He would have approved of this fire truck and he would have been a big fan of this truck because it represents the class act that Adventures on the Gorge is,” Jennings added.
Adventures on the Gorge has purchased the truck from a fire department in Temple, Texas to help haul rafts during white water rafting trips. They found the truck online and purchased it for just under $10,000. They renovated it to match rafting transportation standards for roughly $30,000. “Believe it or not, all the guides love the idea and they all sort of cheered Roger on who runs our river operations program and next thing you know the whole company was rallying around it. It’s funny how a little thing can create all kinds of energy and this fire truck has done that. It’s generated energy company wide,” said Dave Arnold, Adventures on the Gorge VP. Adventures on the Gorge says their newest vehicle will haul on average 80 rafts in a single trip