Palm Bay Fire Department to Dedicate New Engine with Push-in Ceremony

By  //  August 11, 2018

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The push-in ceremony will take place at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, August 14

Palm Bay Fire Rescue invites residents and members of the media to a public push-in ceremony celebrating the arrival of the city’s new fire engine and tender fire truck. (PBFR Image)

BREVARD COUNTY • PALM BAY, FLORIDA – Palm Bay Fire Rescue invites residents and members of the media to a public push-in ceremony celebrating the arrival of the city’s new fire engine and tender fire truck.

The push-in ceremony will take place at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, August 14 at Fire Station 3, located at 790 Jupiter Boulevard NE in Palm Bay.

“A push-in ceremony is the traditional way firefighters inaugurate a new engine while paying homage to those who preceded them,” said Chief Leslie Hoog. 

“The ritual dates back to days before motorized engines, when garaging a hand-drawn hose cart or even a horse-drawn steam engine in the firehouse required a hands-on approach.”

Palm Bay Fire Rescue’s new engine and tender cost the city zero dollars, as they were purchased with funds from the $760,100 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) that was awarded to the city earlier this year.

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The grant funding also allowed the department to purchase a Res-Q-Jack Stabilization tool and outfit both vehicles with all necessary specialized equipment.

The CDBG grant, one of the longest-running programs of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, funds local community development activities such as affordable housing, anti-poverty programs, and infrastructure development.

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