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    We are in the process of building our new fire station with a dedication day Sept. 30th. I've been looking for some traditions that are used to dedicate new Fire Houses without much luck. Does anyone have anything? All I've really found are traditions for new apparatus.

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    One thing you might add is a stained glass replica of your departments patch (but much larger) put into a shadow box and back lit so that the light shines through the stained glass. Place it in a prominant place of your new station. As part of your opening ceremony instead of cutting a ribbon turn on the light as part of the ceremony etc.....

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    Get your appliances and park them outside the station...then to dedicate the building unload with all the branchs u got onto the building...with every firefigther that is gona work within the house holdin one part of the hose....

    Think of it like hitting the building with a bottle of champagne....only this one is done the fire figther way....

    As the builing is gettin hit...hit all the sirens and ligths on the appliances and the building is official open...finish it off with the local Preist blessing the house and all who work within it....with the whole building covered in water the buildling is than fully blessed and ready to work from !
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    Quote Originally Posted by JonnytheTurk
    Get your appliances and park them outside the station...then to dedicate the building unload with all the branchs u got onto the building...with every firefigther that is gona work within the house holdin one part of the hose....

    Think of it like hitting the building with a bottle of champagne....only this one is done the fire figther way....

    As the builing is gettin hit...hit all the sirens and ligths on the appliances and the building is official open...finish it off with the local Preist blessing the house and all who work within it....with the whole building covered in water the buildling is than fully blessed and ready to work from !
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    I have heard of some people pushing a rig into the new station. This is done both to open new fire houses and when recieving new apparatus.

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    Instead of cutting a ribbon, we've talked about uncoupling two lengths of 5-inch.

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    Um how's about just walking in the door and turning on the light
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    A department in my area had a ceremony at the old house that concluded with lowering and folding of the flag. Then the members all assembled and marched to the new house, where there was a flag-raising ceremony

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    There are some good ideas. They are much appreciated. I've been doing a lot of looking and it's wierd, maybe sad (???) that we don't have more traditions logged somewhere. Granted, each geographic area would be a little different, but it's something that I would think would be nice to have.

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    You would get a hernia trying to push anything into our stations...the apparatus are heavy and the driveways are steep

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    Here in Pa. fire companies recieve a state charter. No unit can operate without one.
    If a company vacates one firehouse and moves into a new one, the last thing moved is their frames copy of their charter. It signifies that the old building has been vacated and the new station is officially in service.
    Then to initiate the place, you get the worst drive in the company to back the rig in, taking out one of the door posts ... now it's official (just kidding)

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    Quote Originally Posted by kachurak
    Instead of cutting a ribbon, we've talked about uncoupling two lengths of 5-inch.
    We just ran a "re-dedication" of our station a few weeks ago, after a multi-million dollar reno. They did the 'cutting' ceremony with two lengths of very shiny new 1-3/4" hose tied across the entrance to the apparatus bays.
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    As the builing is gettin hit...hit all the sirens and ligths on the appliances and the building is official open...finish it off with the local Preist blessing the house and all who work within it
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    Next time, throw the priest in the tank and spray the building with Holy Water.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JonnytheTurk
    Get your appliances and park them outside the station...
    Like your toaster oven, blender, microwave, and fridge...
    Do it because you love it, not because you love being seen doing it.

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    You call them "Trucks", "Ladders", "Engines" whatever.

    Real Blokes call them "Appliances", because they are just another tool of the job, nothing to get excited about.


    A Truck carries stuff like dirt, general goods, etc.

    A Ladder fits neatly on top of an Appliance and is used by Blokes occasionaly.

    Engines are the motor thingy that makes the "Brooom Broom" noise when you drive somewhere.



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    Now where did I leave that "No nomex hood, in full yellow bunkers, with a Draeger airpack, no PASS, no silly lights, tuppa wear "Battle Bowler", no stickers on his Bowler, what the hang is a "Q" apart from needing an "A", no need for FAST/RIT cause he does it like breathing, don't need anything stuck to his helmet with an inner tube, wonders why people need bail out ropes (see above use of Ladders), thinks OSH is a strange form of ASH found at most fires, can travel down the road 100 miles and be in the same Fire Service with the same training, Voli" ??????

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    HAHAHAHAHAHA....what can i say to asnwer that one Kiwi...
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    Quote Originally Posted by FlyingKiwi
    You call them "Trucks", "Ladders", "Engines" whatever.
    Ahh, you're preaching to the chior now! I wish we'd get one standard list of names for apparatus. We like to complicate things! For example, a department like Cary, NC Fire Department has Truck Companies, Ladder Companies, Rescue Companies, and Engine Companies. The idea of a "Truck" and "Ladder" company absolutely blows me away, especially when they run out of the same station! The only difference is the cascade system and the 100' ladder on top of the "Ladder Company." Here is a picture of one of their Truck Companies, keep in mind their Rescue Companies are only F-550s.
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    We like to keep it nice and simple over here, you either got

    Appliance - Truck, Engine whatever u wana call it
    Ladder - Speaks for itself

    Everything else is classed as a special, simple as Mud
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    Last fall,when Reidland Farley Fire Department finally got the new station built,the night we moved the rigs and equipment in,we had Central Dispatch call"Central Dispatch to 300(our county department number),All 300 units will respond out of New Station 2,New Station 2 is now active".As each rig moved the mile and a half down the road from the old to the new,and pulled into the station,the officer or driver would call out"Engine 34 to 300,reporting in station and Station 2".We even have a slide show from that night that was first shown at the Christmas dinner.
    On a related note,the US Navy has a part of the commissioning ceremony called "Come alive"where the plank owning crew is ordered by the ship's sponsor to"Bring the ship alive".With a hearty"Aye Aye,Ma'am!"(the sponsor usually being a woman),the crew double times in single file,up the brow and mans the rails and in port watch stations.
    Maybe if y'all have a dedication ceremony with the Mayor and all involved in bringing the new station to existance,you could do similar with the first shift to work from that station backing or pulling the rigs in and manning the housewatch stations,raising the flag for the first time,etc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BFDNJFF
    Um how's about just walking in the door and turning on the light
    Because we had been in and out of the new,even when it was under construction and behind schedule to the point where were doing some of the wiring and interior work to get it done somewhere near the contracted time,that we discussed driving by and yelling at the crews for taking lunch breaks.
    There were other problems that should remain in house but suffice it to say that the construction company was made to return most of the performance bond they'd been paid up front.They didn't like it but the Chief and Board of Trustees not only forced it into their mouth,but worked their jaws and made them swallow.
    I was all for setting up a camera crew from the local TV station to interview workers about why it wasn't done when it was supposed to be finished.Either that or drive a rig up to the foreman's house every night,pull up to his bedroom and run up the Q to see if he was still up so we could get an update on the progress.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FTMPTB15
    Ahh, you're preaching to the chior now! I wish we'd get one standard list of names for apparatus. We like to complicate things! For example, a department like Cary, NC Fire Department has Truck Companies, Ladder Companies, Rescue Companies, and Engine Companies. The idea of a "Truck" and "Ladder" company absolutely blows me away, especially when they run out of the same station! The only difference is the cascade system and the 100' ladder on top of the "Ladder Company." Here is a picture of one of their Truck Companies, keep in mind their Rescue Companies are only F-550s.
    They can call them whatever they want because they have more money than god. lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by FlyingKiwi
    You call them "Trucks", "Ladders", "Engines" whatever.

    Real Blokes call them "Appliances", because they are just another tool of the job, nothing to get excited about.


    A Truck carries stuff like dirt, general goods, etc.

    A Ladder fits neatly on top of an Appliance and is used by Blokes occasionaly.

    Engines are the motor thingy that makes the "Brooom Broom" noise when you drive somewhere.



    Simple really.
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