PUSH IN: Winchester Fire celebrates new engine
Before the official push-in ceremony Monday, EMS personnel and firefighters had already gone on about four calls in their brand new truck, Rescue Company 2.
Winchester Fire-EMS Chief Cathy Rigney said Monday’s push-in ceremony is part of a centuries-old tradition where the community would help wash down the trucks (or wagons way back when) and push it back into the station, indicating it is ready for service.
A committee made up of EMS personnel and firefighters helped with the design of the new truck for about 18 months. The truck has a pump, water tank and hose for fighting fires, totaling about $620,000 to build.
The truck replaced a previous engine that was totaled after an accident in 2016.
After Rescue 2 came returned to the station from a canceled call, several children from the community came, donning black firefighter caps and worked to wipe down the truck and push it into Station 2 on Fulton Road.
“It is now ready for service,” Rigney said.