Fire department dedicates new engines with ceremonial wet-down

Fire department dedicates new engines with ceremonial wet-down

The North Charleston Fire Department officially welcomed two new engines to its fleet with a traditional ceremony.

Crew members hosed down new fire engines 201 and 208 with water from old engines in a ceremonial "wet-down."

One of the engines will be stationed off Jenkins Avenue in North Charleston, while the other will go to Station Number 8 on Meeting Street Road.

Fire Chief Greg Bulanow says the new trucks support growth in North Charleston. Over a three-year span, the city has grown by 7,000 people.

The new trucks were built by Pierce Manufacturing in Appleton, Wisconsin. Each has a 750 gallon tank and are 2014 Arrow XT chassis.

The wet-down ceremony is a traditional welcome for a fire apparatus or station, dating back to historic east-coast fire departments when changing old fire pumpers for the new, according to department spokesperson Bianca Bourbeau. Horses would be unhitched and water was then transferred to the new apparatus, which would then be dried and pushed into the stall for its first call.

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