An auspicious ceremony for the Harrison Hot Springs Fire Department has been postponed due to frigid temperatures.
The HHSFD announced the postponement of the push-in ceremony for their brand new fire engine on Monday (Dec. 19) morning. The ceremony was set for 4 p.m on Monday, and a new date has not yet been scheduled.
A push-in ceremony is a tradition that dates back to the 1800s when fire departments used to use hand-drawn pumpers and horse-drawn equipment. Since horses couldn’t easily back the equipment back into the station, firefighters back in the day used to work as a team to push the equipment and engine back into bay by hand.
The new fire trucks is two years in the making and cost $677,000. The 2022 Spartan Metro Star Pumper Truck replaces the 1992 Volvo model and is expected to serve the community for about 20 years. Fort Garry Fire Trucks designed the new engine and included an upgraded water monitoring system, improved maneuverability, equipment storage and reduced emissions.