Dedication ceremony held for new fire engine


Members of the Vigilant Hose Company located in Northern Frederick County, Md., have been waiting for their new fire engine.

Residents in Emmitsburg gathered at the Main Street to participate in the dedication of the fire department’s new fire engine, Engine 61.

“It is going to be dedicated to the past Fire Chiefs here at the station,” said Chief Chad Umbel. “It is going to be dedicated in their name and the community that we serve.”

The new fire engine will assist the fire department in a range of critically important safety and operational abilities. One new aspect of this fire truck includes a compressed air foam system.

“It will allow us to fight fire in a different level compared to just normal water,” said Umbel.

Chief Umbel said the company picked Tuesday, May 7th, 2019 to dedicate the engine because 30 years ago on May 7th, 1989, their old fire engine, Engine 63, was placed into service.

The volunteer company held a traditional ceremony which included a wet down of the new engine.

Umbel said the tradition dates back to the 1800s when they use to wet down the horses.

Residents then wiped down the engine followed by the community and fire members pushing the new engine into the fire station.

“My step-dad is a volunteer firefighter for over 30 years. It is a family tradition to see the action,” said Cassie Best, an Emmitsburg resident.

The old fire engine was given to a volunteer fire department in Arizona last month.

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