On Tuesday, March 15, the West Point Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad welcomed into service their newest apparatus with the century-old tradition of a public “Push-In” Ceremony.
The ceremony, hosted by Essex Bank and open to the public, included a public display of the vehicle, built to carry large amounts of tools and equipment needed for fires, specialized rescues such as car extraction, machinery extrication and more.
“Overall the truck is a gigantic rolling toolbox,” said Joseph Bartos, Chief Operation’s Officer.
The traditional event involves the entire squad physically pushing the new vehicle into its new home, with local dignitaries speaking about the exciting addition. Push-in ceremonies connect volunteer fire departments and the public, as a festive opportunity to express pride and support for fire and rescue workers and the communities they serve.
The “push” began at 12 p.m. at the West Point Volunteer Fire and Rescue Squad located at 421 7th Street, West Point, VA. Essex Bank, who provided financing of the new fire engine, also provided lunch for those attending.
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