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Rosemont Public Safety Department news

From Rosemont Public Safety Department Facebook:

Today’s push in ceremony!
Thank you to all the retirees and full timers who attended this event. It was great to see you all. You’re always welcome here! Also at the ceremony we recognized Retired Sgt.Turner and dedicated ambulance 57 to him for all his years of service. We also dedicated new engine 56 to the committee who helped put it all together. Thank you for all your hard work! New Engine 56 is now in service!

New Rosemont fire engine

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New ARFF for Waukegan (more)

The Waukegan Fire Department held a dedication and push-in ceremony today at the Waukegan National Airport for the new Rosenbauer Panther 6×6 ARFF, Engine 65.

 

2020 Rosenbauer Panther 6x6 ARFF

Larry Shapiro photo

2020 Rosenbauer Panther 6x6 ARFF

Larry Shapiro photo

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New engine for the Evanston FD (more)

Friday morning the EFD placed in service our new Engine Co. 22 with a traditional wet down and push in ceremony. Fire Chaplin Monte Dillard also blessed our new rig. Our thanks to all who supported the purchase and spec design of this outstanding apparatus that will serve the City of Evanston for decades to come! 
 
Engine 22 is a 2020 Pierce Enforcer. 450 hp,  Waterous midship 1500-gpm pump with 500-gallon tank.
Firefighters push-in new fire engine

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new fire engine for Evanston FD

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New engine for the Evanston FD (more)

From the Evanston Fire Department Facebook page:

The EFD will host a Push-In Ceremony for new Engine 22 on Friday September 25th at 7:15AM at Station 2 located at Madison and Custer. The new engine will be blessed by our Chaplain, wet down, dried off, and pushed in by our members, a tradition dating back to the horse drawn era. Please join us as we celebrate placing new Engine 22 in service.

 

new Pierce fire engine in Evanston

Evanston Fire Department photo

new Pierce fire engine in Evanston

Evanston Fire Department photo

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New engine for St Charles FD (more)

Excerpts from the kcchronicle.com:

The St. Charles Fire Department will hold a traditional push-in ceremony and dedication for its new fire engine.

All are welcome to come to the ceremony and dedication at 9 a.m. Saturday at Fire Station #1, 112 N. Riverside Ave. in downtown St. Charles. After brief remarks, the old Engine 101 will be retired and the new Engine 101 will be pushed into the station. Following this, Tri-Com will sound a still alarm.

The push-in ceremony honors a longstanding fire service tradition dating back to the1800s when fire departments used hand-drawn pumpers and horse-drawn equipment, according to a news release from the St. Charles Fire Department. Upon returning to the station after a fire call, the horses could not easily back the equipment into the station, the release stated.

So they were disconnected from the fire equipment and firefighters would push the equipment back into the bays themselves, according to the release. Today, the ceremony signifies retiring an old engine and putting a new engine into service.

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New engine for Countryside FPD (more)

Wet down and push in for new Countryside FPD fire engine

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New engine for St Charles (more)

Excerpts from the ChicagoTribune.com:

After the St. Charles Fire Department retired Engine 102 Saturday morning, firefighters pushed its replacement into the station. The push-in ritual is traditional when new equipment is brought on board, dating back to the days of horse-drawn engines.

“This is a tradition that has been around for a long time to welcome a new fire engine into service,” Fire Chief Joseph Schelstreet said.

Current and retired firefighters participated in the event at St. Charles Fire Station No. 2, which also included a blessing from the Rev. David Peck, and the ceremonial transfer of water from the old truck to the new.

“We take a bucket of water from the old truck and transfer it into the top of the new one, which is symbolic of passing the life blood from one truck to the other,” Schelstreet said.

Peck, a former volunteer firefighter in Rochelle whose father and uncle were assistant fire chiefs in Montgomery and Aurora, respectively, said the rituals help form a bond among fire department personnel.

“This ceremony is a tradition that provides a sense of identity and roots, and that’s good,” he said. “People that grew up as firemen always felt this push-in ceremony was an honor.”

The tradition can be traced to the late 1800s, when fire departments used horse-drawn equipment and hand-drawn pumpers. Since it was difficult to get horses to push equipment backwards, firefighters would move it by hand into the storage bays.

The new engine cost more than $600,000 and was designed with input from the fire department and a number of upgrades. The engine should see about 12 years of active service, followed by another eight in reserve.

Former St. Charles Firefighter Don Frohling, a 37-year department veteran, was on hand for the event Saturday.

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St Charles Fire Department news

Excerpts from insidestcharles.com:

The St Charles Fire Department is very excited to put a new fire engine into service at Station 3. The fire engine is the first of three to be purchased over the next three years. It took a committee of 8 fire officers and firefighters over two years to spec and design the engine that was built by Pierce Manufacturing. It took 10 months to build the engine that has many of the same safety features as a new car including front and side airbags in the cab, ABS brakes, traction control, roll stability control, independent front suspension, and an air ride rear suspension. It has a 750-gallon water tank, pumps 1,500 gallons of water per minute, has 40 gallons of foam, and carries three different size ladders. 

The services that the fire department provides have changed significantly over the last 20 years. The engine has become a multi-purpose vehicle capable of mitigating a variety of emergencies besides fires. Engines are staffed with paramedics and their needed medical equipment, rescue tools, water rescue gear, power saws, and large fans to exhaust smoke and toxic gases. 

Each engine has a service life of 20 years and the fire department allocates money every year into an apparatus replacement fund for the service life of each vehicle in order to pay for its replacement in full at the time of purchase. 

About the Traditional Fire Service “Push-In Ceremony”

The Push-In Ceremony is a tradition that dates back to the late 1800s when fire departments used hand-drawn pumpers and horse-drawn equipment. Upon returning to the station after a fire call, the horses could not easily back the equipment into the station, so they were disconnected from the fire equipment and firefighters would push the equipment back in to the bay themselves.

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