Osceola County celebrated this week with a new fire engine truck, complete with a ceremony involving county commissioners. The new Engine 72 was officially put into service this past Monday.
The new vehicle will result in increased reliability and lower maintenance costs overall, as well as enhances public safety in District 1. The Pierce Impel Pumper will replace a reliable model that served loyally for eleven years and has logged over 300,000 miles of service time.
The “Push Back” ceremony is part of a time-honored tradition in the fire service. The first part of the ceremony included a washing and drying off of the new engine. Firefighters then officially pushed the new vehicle into the firehouse.
The ceremony served as a celebration of Osceola County in the community. The “Push Back” ceremony dates back to the 19th century, when horses couldn’t properly back into the station with a fire wagon attached to it.
Commissioner Peggy Choudhry took part in the ceremonial “Push Back” at the fire station. “The County Commission continues to demonstrate that public safety is our number one priority. It’s important that our firefighters have the right tools to protect our homes, property and lives,” said Choudhry. “I think the people of Celebration and District 1 can be proud that this resource will be serving them for many years to come. And we continue with more equipment, new stations and a training facility that will make sure our first responders are ready for any emergency.”