Apparatus push-in ceremonies: A long-held tradition that unites communities
The ceremony dates back to the days of horse-drawn equipment when members had to push the equipment into the bay
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Like the armed forces, part of the appeal of the fire service is its deep connection and reverence for tradition, from the iconic sound of the bagpipe to the now-ceremonial apparatus push-in.
Beginning in the 1800s, after crews returned from a call on horse-drawn equipment, the animals were unable to back into the station, requiring members to detach the horses and push the equipment into the bay. Over time, with the invention and adoption of motorized apparatus, the need to manually move the equipment was gone.
However, the legacy of the push-in was secured.
Now, in honor of those early crews, many fire departments hold a push-in ceremony when taking delivery of a new apparatus, often inviting community members to celebrate the exciting moment their tax dollars helped make possible.
Check out this roundup of push-in ceremonies and send us a photo or video of your department’s event to email@example.com.
Roswell (Ga.) Fire Department
Deerfield Beach (Fla.) Fire Rescue
Orlando (Fla.) Fire Department
Charlottesville (Va.) Fire Department
Asheville (N.C.) Fire Department
Walton County (Fla.) Fire Rescue
Carson City (Nev.) Fire Department
Albemarle (Va.) Fire Rescue
Dorchester County (S.C.) Fire Rescue
South County (Wash.) Fire
Wyoming (Mich.) Fire Department
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