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Fire Department's Engine 41 Receives Traditional Dedication Ceremony

Post Date:12/04/2017 10:00 AM

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The Richmond Fire Department received the newest edition to the Department’s firefighting fleet with Engine 41, custom designed and built to specifications compiled by Assistant Chief Derek Brown’s  selected  team.  The process of customizing today’s fire engines shows the attention and personal pride firefighters have for their equipment. It is therefore fitting that traditions are demonstrated with the dedication ceremony for these large apparatus.

Before the arrival of Engine 41 Assistant Chief Derek Brown spoke of a traditional Wipe down and Push In ceremony, giving nod to the traditions of the horse and carriage days, when the fire trucks were wiped down and pushed back into the firehouse, because the horses could not do that. It was decided the dedication ceremony for Engine 41 would be such memorable a ceremony and Assistant  Chief Brown put plans together, ordering a personalized Wipe down towel for Richmond’s Mayor and each of the four Commissioners.

Chief and Commissioner Beard at front Engine 41             

Since the celebration was also a time to thank all City Committees, Boards, Commissions and Volunteers for time they dedicate, extra wipe down towels were provided for all in attendance! After speeches were made and Engine 41 was wet down, retiring Battalion Chief, Thomas Walleck climbed in the driver’s seat, with Mayor Evalyn Moore in the passenger seat and everyone pushed-in Engine 41 to its’ bay.  Few, if any of the more than 50 in attendance had ever experienced such a memorable ceremony, and expressed their gratitude for being included in the tradition!

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Tom Walleck backing during push in Nov. 2017     Mayor Moore passenger for Push In  of Engine 41

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