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
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
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
More information on the toys may be found at