‘Miss Vivian’ difficult to miss
By Annette Tait
Fire trucks are pretty easy to spot, considering their size and high profiles. Paint one pink, and it stands out even more among regular-sized vehicles and, especially, when parked near rows of motorcycles.
“Miss Vivian,” the Guardians of the Ribbon’s pink fire truck, enjoyed pride of place and plenty of attention parked in front of the Oliver Fire Protection District fire hall Saturday, July 12, as an honored guest at the 3rd Annual Kickin’ Cancer Ride and Drive festivities.
“It’s actually part of a national organization,” Guardians of the Ribbon Volunteer Tracy Driscoll said. “We go to different cancer events and honor those of our loved ones who have fought and won, or have fought and lost, by allowing people to sign their names on the truck.”
The national organization began as an effort by a group of firefighters to support women with breast cancer by painting a fire truck pink and dressing in pink turnout gear. The movement has spread throughout the nation, and expanded to support people with all types of cancer. The North Dakota chapter, based in Bismarck,
has two custom-painted pink-themed helmets and a pink self-contained breathing apparatus – or SCBA – air tank, but has not purchased the pink turnout gear due to cost and the varying sizes needed to accommodate the 32 volunteers who drive Miss Vivian. The custom artwork on the helmets was donated by local artists.