Our Story

"Ruby" as she is affectionately known by her owners, was built in 1968 by Peter Pirsch and Sons Co. in Kenosha, Wisconsin. From the day she left the factory, she proudly served the city of South St. Paul, MN. She retired from many years of service and was sold multiple times where she was eventually found in a field, in the northern suburbs of the Twin Cities.


In 2016, a South St. Paul couple were blessed with the opportunity to bring her back home to South St. Paul, where she belongs.

Ashes Fire Truck was created to provide a unique experience on a vintage 1968 Pirsch Fire Truck. The pumper and holding tank have been removed to accommodate passengers allowing for an opportunity of FUN! Imagine pulling into your destination with lights and sirens to announce your arrival. Ashes Fire Truck provides a safe environment with a professional driver and safety spotters.

Factory Photo - 1968

Current Photo - 2018

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April 16th, 2020:

SPIRE Credit Union: Ashes Fire Truck Rental "Give Big" initiative recipient


April 4th, 2020:

Twin Cities Pioneer Press: Old South St. Paul fire truck turns kids’ birthday parties into drive-by celebrations https://www.twincities.com/2020/04/04/coronavirus-south-st-paul-fire-truck-birthdays/

December 15th, 2019:
WCCO-TV Finding Minnesota: Vintage South St. Paul Fire Truck https://cbsloc.al/2PcN0rT

August 23rd, 2019:
South St. Paul Voice: Community Newspaper "Rising from the Ashes"

August 10th, 2019:
KSTP-TV News Story: South St. Paul Fire Truck Vandalism and Arson https://kstp.com/news/historic-south-st-paul-firetruck-possible-arson/5453417/