The City of Weatherford Fire Department will officially place into service the community’s new fire truck during a traditional ceremony historically known as a ‘push back.’ The ceremony will be held Friday at Station 1, located at 122 Alamo St. The ceremony begins at 5 p.m. and concludes at 6 p.m.
The origin of pushing a fire truck into the station dates back to the time of horse drawn equipment. Firefighters had to push the fire pumpers into the fire station because horses were incapable of backing the equipment. The City of Weatherford’s new fire truck is a Pierce Velocity that contains a 105-foot Heavy Duty Ladder known as an aerial. The aerial enables responders to access tall heights and reach long distances during emergency situations that require rescue or fire suppression. In addition to responding to fires, aerials are often used during numerous types of rescue missions, such as flash flooding incidents where victims are left stranded on roadways.
“The Weatherford Fire Department is grateful to the mayor, city council, and staff for their support,” said Fire Chief Paul Rust. “Truck 1 was a large investment and I know that the city has many needs. The Fire Department plans to use this vehicle to serve our community for the next 18 years.”
The Fire Department has also formed their first “truck company” with the addition of the new fire truck. In the fire service, the term “company” is defined as a specific group of firefighters teamed together as a unit for a specific mission. The change in operation has included a new training program to ensure that firefighters who staff the fire truck are trained in both tactics and tasks which will be required of a truck company. Once the training is complete, the Fire Department will respond three engines and the truck as a “first alarm assignment.”
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The ‘Push Back’ Ceremony is free to the public and will offer light refreshments. For more information, contact the City of Weatherford Fire Department at 817-598-4280 or visit weatherfordtx.gov/fire.