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The El Paso Fire Department is proud to announce that the departmentâ€™s newestÂ units, Quint 28 and Rescue 28,Â are ready to join the Cityâ€™s existing fleet.
A â€śWetdownâ€ť ceremony will be held to welcome both units, and the community is invited to participate by helping spray it down.
This type of ceremony is a fire department tradition across the country in which new units are sprayed down, hand dried, and then pushed into the station.
The tradition dates back to the late 1800â€™s when departments used horses to pull fire trucks to fires. After fighting the fire, the crewâ€‹s would then wash and ready the horses and the apparatus in preparation for the next call.
“DuringÂ the ceremony, the EPFDâ€™s Fire Prevention Division will be on-site to share fire prevention tips with citizens and signing up households for the free smoke alarm program, EPFD officials shared.
“Additionally,Â El Paso Animal Services will provide freeÂ adoption coupons and the first 20 attendees will receive aÂ “Firefighters and Their Furry Friends” calendarÂ at no cost.”
WHO:Â The El Paso Fire Department
WHAT:Â Quint 28 and Rescue 28 Wet-Down Ceremony
WHEN:Â Saturday, January 25, 2020Â – 10:00AM
WHERE:Â EPFD Station 28 â€“ 10800 McCombs Drive