The Muir Beach Volunteer Fire Department has received a big gift courtesy of filmmaker George Lucas. Lucas donated one of his two engines from his Skywalker Ranch fleet in Lucas Valley after the Muir Beach fire department had entered into negotiations to buy the vehicle.
Lucas’ representatives quoted a price of $55,000, which was below
market value for the engine, which could fetch up to $90,000, said Fire
Chief Steve Wynn. As negotiations continued there was a pause in talks.
“The next thing I knew they said, ‘George is just going to give it to
you,’” Wynn said. “It was a huge moment. My mouth sort of dropped open.
I said, ‘You’ve got to be kidding.’”
If the department had to buy the International engine with Pierce
apparatus it would have wiped out its annual budget, meaning the
purchase of other firefighting gear would have been delayed.
This is all according to firerescue1.com, a site that shares news about fire departments and safety. Say what you will about Mr Lucas, his tampering with historic pieces of cinema bugs a lot of fans and I'm including myself in that group, but he has his heart in the right place with helping the Muir Beach volunteers to save lives, let's just hope he isn't going to demand to replace the water effects with cgi.