EPFD TO HOST CEREMONIES WELCOMING TWO NEW FIRE APPARATUS TO DEPARTMENT FLEET

11/27/2018 4:50 PM
City of El Paso Seal
November 27, 2018 MEDIA ADVISORY

EPFD TO HOST CEREMONIES WELCOMING TWO
FIRE APPARATUS TO DEPARTMENT FLEET

EL PASO, Texas - The El Paso Fire Department is proud to announce that the department’s newest fire apparatus are ready to join the City’s existing fleet. Two separate “Wetdown” ceremonies will be held to welcome Quint 16 and Pumper 3, and the community is invited to participate by helping spray them down.

This type of ceremony is a fire department tradition across the country in which new units are sprayed down, hand dried, and then pushed into the station. The tradition dates back to the late 1800s when departments used horses to pull fire trucks to fires. After fighting the fire, the crews would then wash and ready the horses and the apparatus in preparation for the next call.

In addition to the ceremony, EPFD’s Fire Prevention Division will be on-site to share fire prevention tips with citizens and to sign up households to receive a free smoke alarm with installation included.

WHAT: Quint 16 Wetdown Ceremony
WHEN: December 8, 2018 - 10:00AM
WHERE: EPFD Station 16 – 3828 Hercules Ave., El Paso, Texas 79904

WHAT: Pumper 3 Wetdown Ceremony
WHEN: December 15, 2018 - 10:00AM
WHERE: EPFD Station 3 – 721 E. Rio Grande Ave., El Paso, Texas 79902

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Media Contact: Enrique D. Aguilar
Fire Public Information Officer
(915) 212-5665
aguilardex@elpasotexas.gov

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