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Clark County Fire District 6 ceremony honors fire service tradition with new engine

The Columbian
Published: August 5, 2023, 5:58am

WEST HAZEL DELL — Clark County Fire District 6 recently hosted a push-in ceremony to officially welcome the addition of its new Pierce fire engine. The ceremony honors the tradition of fire crews from the 1800s, when crews had to detach horses from the horse-drawn equipment and push the wagons into the fire station.

In honor of those early crews, many fire departments hold a push-in ceremony when taking delivery of a new apparatus. Clark County Fire District 6 held its ceremony on July 13 at the Felida fire station, 11600 N.W. Lakeshore Ave.

“We feel it’s important for the public to take part or see this short ceremony, as this is their fire engine, not ours,” said Clark County Fire District 6 Fire Chief Kristan Maurer. “Their tax dollars paid for this engine, and their support is what keeps us going.”

The ceremony consisted of washing the engine, drying it, a few short remarks, and then pushing it into the station.