1978 Dodge-Hamerly Mini-Attack Pumper
“the Honey Badger”
Served Lickdale, Pennsylvania
This Mini-Attack pumper served Lickdale Pennsylvania from December of 1978 to the mid-1990s. It
was a quick-response, turret equipped pumper. The front deck could support a firefighter operating the
Hamerly hose while a driver would manoeuvre in/around grass and brush fires. The “Honey Badger”
has numbers on the roof so the operator could take direction from above as fire personnel in helicopters
would often quarterback these efforts. The fibreglass body keeps the unit free from rust while the hefty
400 series engine gives the small, four wheel drive truck tremendous power. This Hamerly minipumper
is one of only 2 of its kind known to be in Canada.|
On call at a brush fire in the early 1980's
How did this truck become known as “the Honey Badger”? Its power and fearless approach to getting right into the fray contributed to its badger-like tenacity. Its yellow (honey-toned) paint helped coin the unique name.
Getting the truck to Canada from a collector in South Carolina in 2012 was a story within itself. The truck showed well and performed favourably on flat pavement. Once en route the truck just “did what ever it wanted”. This included vapour lock, lack of power through the Appalachians, soft brake pedal, windshield wipers that worked only when dry, dash lights that flickered and a fuel-air mixture problem. It arrived to its new home on John Verkaik's tilt 'n load.
Since its engine re-build in 2012, “the Honey Badger” has been enjoyed throughout Ontario and Michigan. Its generator powers a lot of twinkle lights and makes it a favourite at Christmas parades.