St. Augustine Fire Department rolls Brush 48 into station

The St. Augustine Fire Department took an afternoon to reflect past tradition while debuting the newest member of its firefighting fleet, Brush 48, with a old-time fire service “push-in” and “wet-down” ceremony at the department’s Malaga Street station on Wednesday, March 15, 2017.

 

The ceremony opened with an introduction by Fire Chief Carlos Aviles; followed by a blessing by Tim Fleming; and a “wet-down” of the truck, at left, by recently retired Fire Chief James “JC” Costeira, Mayor Nancy Shaver and Commissioner Nancy Sikes-Kline using water pumped water from the city’s oldest firefighting vehicle, a 1928 American LaFrance. Guests and representatives from the fire department and visiting agencies then rolled the truck by hand into the station.

The tradition dates back to the 1830s and mimics the daily routine of firefighters using horse-drawn carriages, who after fires would disconnect the horses, wet them down and push the carriage back into the firehouse.

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A 2017 Ford F450, the truck is constructed from corrosion resistant, light-weight aluminum and equipped with four-wheel-drive – useful for combating tidal flooding, a 350-gallon tank, and a pump that can push out water at 100 gallons per minute with a pressure of 140 psi. With a comparatively small size and narrow turning radius, it is also designed to help first responders to more easily navigate the city’s historic downtown.

“In many ways, Brush 48 embodies the spirit of a St. Augustine Firefighter,” Aviles said. “It’s tough, aggressive, versatile and capable of accomplishing a wide array of missions.”

Christopher Clarke 9 months ago
how much did this toy cost? 
Jolinda Brown 8 months ago
Not near enough if it saves your burning house or your Life!
 

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