Milton Fire-Rescue Department Welcomes Two Newest Fire Engines
Join department for push-in ceremony, December 12
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On December 12, the City of Milton will formally welcome its two newest fire engines to community service with a push-in ceremony.
The 2019 Pierce Enforcer Pumper fire engines, Engine 42 and Engine 43, are the second and third engines that the department has purchased this year to replace those original to the department, which began in 2007. In April, Engine 41 entered service as part of their overall fleet plan, which was designed to serve the current and future needs of the community.The new pumpers will become the primary response for Stations 42 and 43.
Two of the three engines will be auctioned, and the other will become a legacyunit and put into reserve status in case of an emergency.The engine it is replacing will be auctioned and the city anticipates recouping about $200,000.
The Push-In Ceremony is a traditional way to welcome a new fire apparatus to community service.The community is invited to help with the "push-in," at Station 43 (750 Hickory Flat Road), at 4 p.m.
"A 'push-in' ceremony is a long-standing tradition in the fire service and we look forward to sharing this tradition with the Milton community," saidMilton Fire Chief Robert Edgar."Years ago, the water pumpers were horse drawn, and when the firefighters returned to the station after responding to a fire, they would have to unhitch them and physically push the pumper back into the station, hence the 'push-in'."
These new engines have additional safety features, such as "clean cab technology," which meets the new National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) cancer prevention standard, and is cleaner burning to meet the most recent Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) emissions standards. They also come equipped with additional airbags.
The "retiring" engines each have an average of 120,000 road miles and more than 8,000 hours of operation. The normal life-span for a fire engine is 10-12 years, according to Chief Edgar.
"These older engines have given us more than 10 years of dedicated service," he said. "Now, it's time to refresh the fleet."