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The fire truck Push-In ceremony is a tradition that dates back to the 1800’s when fire apparatus were pulled by teams of horses. When the firefighters would return to their station after a fire, they first would always wash the pumper so as to remove any horse waste that may have stuck to the wheels or body. Since the horses could not back up, the firefighters would unhitch the team and then push the pumper into the station by hand. The fact the pumper weighed about 3,000 pounds made it necessary for everyone there to assist.
This tradition has evolved where now the pumper being replaced is used to wet down the new pumper thus symbolizing its first bath and welcoming it to the station. Everyone then dries off the new truck to prepare it to be moved into its stall. Like years before, everyone available pushes the new pumper into its new home.
Since our new pumper weighs a lot more than 3,000 pounds, we invite the community to come help us welcome it to our firefighting fleet and push it in to its new Roanoke Fire Station home.
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