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Fire Engine 81 dedication ceremony to be held Nov. 15 in Village

Grand Canyon Fire Department invites the public to join them in dedicating Fire Engine 81 Nov. 15 at Station 1 in Grand Canyon Village. (Photo/NPS)

Grand Canyon Fire Department invites the public to join them in dedicating Fire Engine 81 Nov. 15 at Station 1 in Grand Canyon Village. (Photo/NPS)

GRAND CANYON, Ariz. — Grand Canyon firefighters are inviting the public to a dedication event for the newest fire engine with a traditional “Push In” ceremony Nov. 15 at 4 p.m.

The ceremony will be held at Station 1, located at 3 Clinic Road in Grand Canyon Village.

The ceremony will consist of a ceremonial wash-down of the new engine and then the engine will be pushed by hand into the apparatus bay of its new home. It will then be officially in service, protecting the Grand Canyon community.

These ceremonies have been a tradition in the fire service since the days of horse-drawn fire apparatus. When fire apparatus were pulled by horses, horses could not back the fire apparatus into the firehouse, so the crew would have to unhitch the horses in front of the firehouse. The crew would stable the horses, then wash the apparatus prior to pushing it into the apparatus bay. This ceremony honors the history and traditions of the fire service while wishing well upon all that serve on and are served by our community’s newest fire engine.


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