Rapid City (SD) Celebrates New Engine with ‘Push-In’ Ceremony

The new truck will replace an aging 2010 engine, which will now be relegated to backup duties.

According to a report from KELO, the Rapid City (SD) Fire Department (RCFD) welcomed its latest engine to Fire Station 5 with several ceremonies, which included a a blessing; a spray-over; and a “push-in,” with crews pushing the engine into the station by hand.

Each time the RCFD receives a new engine, a similar ceremony is performed.

The new truck will replace an aging 2010 engine, which will be relegated to backup duties in the event of a large incident or if another truck is in maintenance.

Brian Povandra, RCFD’s Division Chief of Fire Operations, said the new engine 5 features a new air filtration system that helps members who become exposed to harmful chemicals when out in the field.

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