Among apartment buildings, a fire engines graveyard is hidden — two dozen fire engines, covered with thick snow, slowly rust and live out their days in snowdrifts. Located in Perm, Russia, the fire engine graveyard is what could only be described as the last resting place for old fire engines.
There used to be a lot more trucks here. But now the “Red Barracks” area in Perm is rapidly being built up. The “Red Barracks” area in Perm is a historical place. Military units have been standing here since the beginning of the 20th century. In those years, the construction of military camps for the tsarist army began throughout the country, barracks made from red bricks were built throughout the country: Novosibirsk, Omsk, Tomsk, Irkutsk, Chelyabinsk, Moscow, etc.
Where did so many abandoned fire engine trucks come from?
In artillery depots, fire is the main enemy. Dozens of fire engine trucks were needed to ensure the fire safety of warehouses and storage bases for military equipment located on the territory. Now, when most of the equipment located here has been moved to other sites, the need for fire engine trucks has disappeared. So the trucks remained to rust in a small area, which they had not yet managed to give for construction.
They began to build barracks in the place where the 232nd Irbit reserve battalion used to stand back in 1910. The barracks and units located in them were closely connected with the military history of the region. For example, the 49th artillery brigade participated in the First World War, and the 162nd infantry reserve regiment was one of the first to support the October Revolution and became the basis of the revolutionary forces in the city, which would then be renamed to Molotov.
The artillery warehouses located here earlier were transformed into the Central Artillery Base No. 59, and after the collapse of the USSR, the 39th arsenal of the Main Missile and Artillery Directorate was here. In recent years, beginning in 1999, units of the 385th Artillery Brigade were based on the territory of the Red Barracks.
These fire engine trucks were especially useful in that area and provided supply of water with which to fight the fire, and carried equipment needed by the firefighters for most firefighting scenarios at artillery warehouses.