The Keller Fire Department placed a new fire truck in service Saturday with a traditional “push-in” ceremony.
The local community washed, dried and pushed in its new engine. It was Keller FD’s first such ceremony, followed by an open house at Fire Station 2.
The Roanoke Fire Department will host a similar “push-in ceremony” next Saturday.
According to the city of Roanoke, the ceremonial placing of the new truck in its firehouse has “evolved from the days when firefighting vehicles were horse-drawn.
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When returning to the station from a call, the horses could not back-up so the firefighters unhitched the horses and led them to their stables. The firefighting engine then would have to be hand-pushed into the station to be made ready for the next call.