A new fire engine that will enhance public safety in District 5 was put into service at Station 55 in Holopaw Wednesday morning.
The new apparatus represents a more than half-million dollar investment in public safety. Following the current standard, the new Pierce Impel Pumper will result in increased reliability, added features and lower maintenance costs as it replaces an older model with 13 years of service and 230,000 miles on its odometer.
“Public safety is always my top priority and the County’s recent actions demonstrate this intent. The new engine, along with the rescue we put into service here a few months ago, are evidence of a commitment to the best equipment, best training and best facilities for our first-responders,” said Fred Hawkins, Jr., the district 5 county commissioner, which is home base for the new engine. “District 5 residents are getting their fair share of life-saving resources that will serve our community for at least the next decade. It’s all part of our strategic planning to ensure our first-responders are ready for any and all emergencies.”
Osceola Fire Rescue displayed the time-honored traditions of the fire service with a “push-back” ceremony. The first part of the ceremony involved washing, then drying off the new engine. Then firefighters then pushed the new vehicle into the firehouse, a practice that dates back to the 19th century when horses could not properly back into the station with the wagon attached.
“This ceremony of transferring old to new helps us to remember the past and focuses us on our duty,” said Chief Robert Sorenson. “Now this engine is ready to help our firefighters protect Osceola County citizens.”