A host of dignitaries with current and former Cocoa Fire Department personnel gathered to celebrate the department’s acquisition of a 100-foot ladder truck at Cocoa Fire Station No. 1 on First Street.
“We’re very conscious in the city about having very good safety. In other words, we want to make sure our equipment is up to new standards,” said Cocoa Mayor Henry Parrish. “Our truck that we’ve taken out of service has been in service since 1995, it’s had a lot of mechanical issues. You have other equipment that’s getting old so we just decided we’re going to re-invest in our fire service and re-invest in all our services. It’s a large purchase.”
“We knew we needed a ladder and two engines. That’s all the front-line units for the city of Cocoa, so they made a decision they were going to buy those apparatus,” added Prince.
Though the truck will officially be put into action in the third week of the month, a firefighting tradition dating to the 1700s was renewed as those in attendance helped push the new 40,000-pound truck into the firehouse. Just before that, some of the firefighters’ tools were transferred from the station’s old truck, which has been in service since 1995, to the new one.
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