Wet Down Ceremony
EL PASO, TEXAS – The El Paso Fire Department is proud to announce that the department’s newest unit, Rescue 18, are ready to join the City’s existing fleet. A “Wetdown” ceremony will be held to welcome both units, and the community is invited to participate by helping spray it 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 1800’s 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.
During the ceremony, the EPFD’s Fire Prevention Division will be on-site to share fire prevention tips with citizens and signing up households for the free smoke alarm program. Additionally, El Paso Animal Services will provide free adoption coupons and the first 20 attendees will receive a "Firefighters & Their Furry Friends" calendar at no cost.
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WHO: The El Paso Fire Department
WHAT: Rescue 18 Wet-Down Ceremony
WHEN: Saturday, February 14, 2020 - 4:00 pm
WHERE: EPFD Station 18 7901 San Jose