Lehigh Acres Fire and Rescue District Housing Ceremony
Lehigh Acres Fire and Rescue District celebrated the arrival of a new fire truck with semi-traditional housing ceremony. Photos of the ceremony click here.
New Equipment housing ceremonies have been a source of pride for all fire companies for more than 100 years. And Fire Chief Robert DiLallo believes in traditions.
DiLallo said at the ceremony, “When I became Fire Chief one of the things I wanted to bring to our Department was the traditions, that have for many years, separated our career as firefighters, from any other profession. It is these traditions that bring Honor and Pride to our firefighters and boost morale. We are all very proud and honored to be serving this community.”
The fire departments of the 18th and 19th centuries spared no expense in outfitting and decorating their new fire engines. For decades.
The Norman Rockwell’s 1971 illustration “The New American LaFrance Is Here!” captured the moment of a new engine’s arrival. Showing his hometown Victorian firehouse in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, Rockwell conveyed the excitement in the town, showing children and even adults rushing to see the modern fire engine. Next to it is the retired 1920s-era pumper.
Today Lehigh Acres Fire and Rescue District retired Fire truck 95-4, purchased 22 years ago and is replaced with a new 2017 E-One Urban Interface pumper numbered 17-1.
This fire truck is the latest edition of the 2017 eMAX Typhoon Rescue Pumper series designed to Lehigh Acres Fire and Rescue specs with 1000 gallons of water and foam on board.
The ceremony consisted four of the main traditions of
- Water transfer – Water is transferred from the old Engine to the new Engine to represent a seamless transition of ready water for the use in fighting fires from the past to the present.
- The washing of the wheels – This signifies what was done in the hub and spoke era when the wheels of the fire truck were always washed down after they had been used in an effort to keep the wooden wheels from drying and cracking.
- Hose down – This signifies the “first bath” of Engine 102 (hosing engine down and drying off).
- Push-in – Having the crew push the new Engine 102 into the bay to signify what crews did when horse-drawn apparatus were used. When the crew and horses returned to quarters, they unhooked the horses and pushed the apparatus into the bay.
Photos of the ceremony click here
DiLallo said, “We would like to wish station 102 and its crews a safe journey and the skills necessary to provide the best possible service to our citizens and visitors of Lehigh Acres. May this apparatus be steadfast and true, may it provide safe travel for all those who serve on it, and may it be ever vigilant for all those who call in their time of need.”
Interim Asst Chief of Administration Ralph Ketron and the LAFD maintenance staff gave Fire Chief Robert DiLallo the keys to retiring fire engine. Another new tradition.
Ketron said, “It was an honor presenting Engine 95-4 identification tag (key) to Chief DiLallo today. Engine 95-4 was our first enclosed cab and served the citizens of Lehigh for 22 years. The maintenance division and I felt it would be a great tradition to start. From this point forward presenting the identification tag (key) of a retired unit to the Chief of the department. This was also a surprise to the Chief he did not know this was going to take place.”
The new 2017 engine had its first call at 12:20 p.m. and it was a medical type call.
Lieutenant Oreste Borrego, Engineer Richard Rodriguez, and Firefighter Andrew Hanes became the first crew to work on that engine.