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Source: Kokomo Perspective

Fire department gets Hot Wheels

By Pat Munsey

The Kokomo Fire Department has been immortalized in die-cast metal. Last week, the department received a shipment of toy cars, and it wasn’t a mistake. It was a complimentary shipment of Hot Wheels featuring the city’s protectors.

Mattel is issuing a 1970 Chevrolet Camaro RS with the Kokomo Fire Department’s colors as part of its “HW Main Street 2012” series. The community was one of 10 selected by the manufacturer to be featured.

Assistant Chief Brad Myers said the request came out of nowhere.

“We just got an e-mail from them one day; it was more than a year ago,” said Myers. “I don’t know why they chose us, but they wanted to use our design on a car. Basically, it’s modeled off the battalion chief’s vehicle for the logo and design.”

The white Camaro features the distinctive red stripes and chevrons seen on the sport-utility vehicles KFD uses for its chiefs, along with the words “Kokomo Fire Department” on the doors and the city name on the trunk lid. The car’s rims are a metallic red.

According to description on the back of the packaging, “the vehicles in this series pay homage to real cities of some of the largest Hot Wheels collectors in the world.”

There are 10 vehicles in the series, with Kokomo’s entry listed as the third. The entire series has not yet been revealed, but other communities featured include:

Roanoke, Va. Fire/EMS (2011 Corvette Grand Sport)
Monroeville, Pa. Police (1965 Corvette)
Kootenai County, Ida. Sheriff (2010 Ford Mustang GT)
Cranston, RI Fire (1969 Mercury Cougar Eliminator)
Oshkosh, Wis. Fire (“Amazoom”)
Austin, Texas Police (1964 Lincoln Continental)

The other three cars listed in the series but not yet revealed include a 2011 Dodge Charger R/T, a Chevrolet Silverado, and a 1969 Pontiac GTO.

No sale date has been announced for the Kokomo Fire Department entry in the series, but the city received about 100 of the toy cars last week.

Kokomo Mayor Greg Goodnight was appropriately honored by Mattel’s decision to feature the city in its product line, but he did have a word of caution.

“Chief (Pat) O’Neill needs to understand that we’re not going to buy him a 1970 Chevy Camaro RS to match the Hot Wheels car,” said Goodnight.

More information on the toys may be found at hotwheels.com/collection.

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