28 years since Oklahoma City bombing

April 19, 2023

This represents the story of not only our city, but our fire department and Station 1 right here.

Oklahoma City Fire Capt. Craig Guthery describing the significance of Old Engine 1 – the first fire truck to arrive on the scene of the Oklahoma City bombing 28 years ago.

What To Know: The Oklahoma City Fire Department has brought Old Engine 1 out of retirement to commemorate the 28th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing. The truck, which was used from 1989 to 2002, has been cleaned and will be stationed at the finish line of the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon taking place next weekend.

Why It Matters: On April 19, 1995, two American military veterans set off a bomb near a federal building in downtown Oklahoma City, killing 168 people and injuring about 850 others. As first responders arrived at the scene, the Old Engine 1 protected rescue workers during the first phase of recovery efforts. Search and rescue missions continued for over two weeks after the attack, with most of the debris having to be moved by hand for safety and investigative purposes.

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