The arrival of a new fire engine was cause for a celebration Saturday.
Members of Rescue Hose Company No. 1 hosted a "housing ceremony" for the engine, with a wet down by the 1741 Hand Pumper, followed by a towel drying of the engine by everyone present and a blessing of the unit. "It's a firehouse tradition," explained Kevin Barnes, fire chief.
The 2018 Pierce Enforcer replaces a 1995 truck. It has all the latest safety features important to the crew, including front and side airbags and seats six. It carries 1,000 gallons of water on board and can pump 1,500 gallons per minute.
Barnes said the engine cost more than $600,000 and money was raised through donations by businesses, municipalities and community members and various fundraisers.
"We enjoy a good relationship with residents, businesses and local municipalities, which allows us to do these upgrades," Barnes said.
The unit is now officially in service and will be called to the scene of structure fires, as well as other incidents.