On Saturday, Oct. 1, 2010, while more than 18,000 people gathered in uptown Charlotte for the Race for the Cure, the Charlotte Fire Department unveiled the Pink Lady.
The eye-catching apparatus serves a dual role: it's a working fire truck to be used as a reserve apparatus throughout the city, and a visible reminder to the public for awareness, prevention, early detection, and a vigilant reminder to all who see her regarding the fight against cancer.
Fire Chief Jon Hannan witnessed the power of a pink fire truck at the IAFC conference in Atlanta. He became aware of the presence that such a truck could have, and the impact on our community. Through the incredible generosity of Anchor-Richey Emergency Vehicle Services, the 2000 American LaFrance/General fire engine was transformed from its original color to pink and white, at no cost to the city.
To honor all our members who have fought cancer, we placed a ribbon bearing their name on the Pink Lady. In addition, the public was able to honor their loved ones with a temporary ribbon on the truck. The Pink Lady is available by request for events.
The response to the Pink Lady has been tremendous and we look forward to sharing her with the community for years to come.