We had a push-in ceremony to celebrate a new fire engine now in service at Station 16 (Pantops).— Albemarle FireRescue (@AlbemarleFire) October 6, 2021
Push-in ceremonies call back to the 1800's when apparatus was pulled by horses and had to be pushed into the bay.
We don't have the horses, but we still have the traditions. pic.twitter.com/otyGPqreMv
The Albemarle (VA) County Department of Fire Rescue’s new engine will serve Pantops, the surrounding areas, and be the first to run fire calls from Pantops’ Station 16, reports cbs19news.com.
The apparatus cost $850,000 and was part of an 18-month project, officials say, and it was funded through the Capital Improvement Project plan.
The new engine aims to better support Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital and local senior living facilities.
In addition, the report says the department hired 22 new firefighters and is looking for more.
Learn more about how this engine fits into a larger initiative to enhance fire rescue service in Albemarle County: https://t.co/BW99LZO7FC— Albemarle FireRescue (@AlbemarleFire) October 6, 2021