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    Talking New Vehicle Traditions?

    Hi all from Osan AB Fire Department, Republic of Korea!

    We recently received a new Pierce Heavy Rescue vehicle that, unfortunately, didn't make it too us ready to roll. She's got a problem with the on board computer but should be in service in about a month. That may give us enough time to plan something special to bring her into service with some style...

    Have any of you ever participated or attended any type of ceremony that officially brings a new piece into service?

    When I was a young troop I remember a "Push Back" ceremony that involved a few prominent members of the community, the department higher ups, and the crews to be assigned to the vehicle, pushing the vehicle back into the station and declaring the piece "In Service". Of course the Mayor and Fire Chief said a few words prior to the push back and afterward the public was given the chance to see what they had paid for. It was actually pretty cool.

    Can anyone point me in the right direction and help us put on an event that will get this truck rollin' with class?

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    Congratulations on your new piece of equipment. There's a couple of ways to get the unit "ready for service".
    1. The "push back" comes from a long standing tradition and is good. But trucks these days need lots of "horses" to get it into the barn.
    2. Have your department chaplain bless the new piece of equipment.
    3. Have a "wet down". Invite other departments to the ceremony and use hoses, etc. to "wet down" the new piece.

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