Vintage car sold at auction to benefit local volunteer fire company | WDVM25 and DCW50
CARLISLE, Pa. (WDVM) — A historic luxury car has gone up for auction in Carlisle, Pa., with proceeds going to a local volunteer fire company.
The Williamsport Volunteer Fire Company usually receives donations of old cars and uses them for training purposes. Fire Chief Donnie Bingaman explained that donated vehicles are typically used to simulate cars involved in crashes. Cars are often overturned and damaged for extrication training.
When a 1964 Cadillac Eldorado was donated to the fire company, it came with a special request. The donor asked the station to use the car for something other than practice. Chief Bingaman explained that some of his firefighters are very into cars and looked at the value of the classic car.
Like many others, the fire company has been unable to hold its usual fundraising events due to the ongoing pandemic. Chief Bingaman and his fire company saw this classic car as a way to raise money for the station.
“Fundraising is a big part of our budget and for us not being able to do our typical fundraisers and we’ve had to resort to other things, new things that we haven’t done before,” he said. said Chief Bingaman. “We still have to operate on a daily basis to ensure that these funds are used well.”
Funds raised from the car auction will be used to pay for some future purchases of new equipment as well as the day-to-day operation of the station.