Firefighters at Harlem-Roscoe's Station One have welcomed a new member to their work family.
The station officially placed a brand new 2012 Alexis Custom Pumper into service on Tuesday. The truck will be known as Engine 701 and will operate out of the Roscoe station.
Firefighters at the station have spent the last several weeks being trained on driving the truck as well as the truck's operation and equipment. Not only is the truck brand new, it was also built just for firefighters in the district.
"This engine was specifically built for [the] Harlem-Roscoe Fire Department," Chief Don Shoevlin said. "We involved firefighters directly in the design process and traveled several times to Alexis, Illinois to assist in drawing up the plans, inspecting the truck and helping to decide on the last minute modifications. We anticipate this engine to be an asset to the communities for many years to come."
Firefighters at Station One welcomed the truck with a traditional push-in ceremony. The ritual involves firefighters physically pushing the truck into the station, and comes from the era when fire wagons were pulled by horses. Horses would not go into reverse to put wagons back into the station, so firefighters were forced to push them in themselves.
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