The much-anticipated push-in ceremony for a new local fire truck has been rescheduled.
The Harrison Hot Springs Fire Department is eager to officially welcome its brand new $677,000 fire truck in a traditional push-in ceremony, which is now scheduled for Friday, Jan. 6, at 4:30 p.m. at the HHSFD Fire Hall (555 Hot Springs Road).
The ceremony was originally supposed to take place on Monday, Dec. 19, but freezing, severe weather prompted the fire department to postpone it.
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.
Fort Garry Fire Trucks aided the village in designing the new fire engine; this is a project at least two years in the making. The new 2022 Spartan Metro Star Pumper Truck will replace the 1992 Volvo model that currently serves the village.