FERNDALE, Wash. — Whatcom County Fire District 7 (WCFD7) volunteer and career firefighters along with District Commissioners and others gathered this afternoon, December 28th, at WCFD7 Station 45, located at Grandview and N Enterprise Roads, as a new fire engine was ceremoniously placed into service.
Today’s ceremony replaced a 1990 Pierce fire engine (aka pumper truck) with a new Pierce fire engine purchased after voters approved a WCFD7 bond last year.
WCFD7 Division Chief Justin Iverson explained to those gathered that push-in ceremonies are commonplace in the fire service as a longstanding tradition. The ceremony recognizes how, when pumper trucks were horse-drawn, upon returning to a fire station after a fire call, firefighters would push the pumper truck into the station since the horses could not easily push it backwards.
Prior to the actual “push-in,” the water tanks of the outgoing truck are emptied into the tanks of the incoming truck. This is another honored tradition.
The outgoing E-45 will be transferred to Station 41, on Washington Street, where it will be renamed E-41 and continue its service while other fire engines are out of service while being refurbished according to Fire Chief Larry Hoffman.