Housing event set for new Engine 3-2

Shawn Hardy

A wetdown and housing ceremony will be held for the Rescue Hose Co.'s new fire engine at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug 18, at the fire station, 842 S. Washington St.

Local residents are invited to attend the traditional welcome for the new piece of apparatus.

After the wetdown, towels will be handed out and those in attendance can help give the new Engine 3-2 its first bath before it is pushed into the station.

"These events allow us to share department milestones — in this case placing new apparatus in service — with those we serve and who provide our support," Fire Chief Kevin Barnes said.

The 2018 Pierce Enforcer replaces a 1995 KME that is now seeing service in Philipsburg.

The new engine, which cost around $600,000, has seating for six and an array of firefighting tools and equipment, Barnes said. It can pump 1,500 gallons per minute and has a 1,000-gallon water tank.

Light refreshments will be served after the ceremony.