Elizabeth Fire performs old traditions to introduce new engines

Staff report
Posted 2/17/18

Elizabeth firefighters recently performed an old tradition to celebrate placing the department's new fire engines in service. Called a push in, the tradition started from the time of horse-drawn …

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Elizabeth Fire performs old traditions to introduce new engines

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Elizabeth firefighters recently performed an old tradition to celebrate placing the department's new fire engines in service.

Called a push in, the tradition started from the time of horse-drawn equipment, which could not be easily backed into the building by the horses. Firefighters from the area would come together to help push the steam engines in the fire station.

Following with the tradition, personnel from South Metro Fire, Castle Rock Fire, Kiowa Fire, Rattlesnake Fire, Franktown Fire, Elizabeth Police, Elbert County Public Works, and elected officials from the Elizabeth Fire Protection District and the Town of Elizabeth assisted with the tradition. During the ceremony, Pastor Dave Danforth gave a blessing.

The engines were designed by an apparatus committee made up of full-time, part-time, and volunteer firefighters. They researched manufacturers and decided on Pierce for the build mainly because of the accelerated schedule and competitive costs.

The engines use new technology such as airbags, seatbelt alarms and mounting points to secure equipment to keep firefighters safe while driving. Also included are an upgraded lighting package for scenes and quieter cab design to allow for clear communication of information and, most importantly, more efficient response.

“These engines are possible because of our community support,” Chief T.J. Steck said in a news release. “Last year, our taxpayers allowed us to keep our two mils for capital improvements, which was slated to sunset. It was an overwhelming 66 percent in support of our fire department. We need to keep providing the quality service that our community has grown accustomed to while keeping our firefighters as safe as possible.”

The fire engines are in service at the fire station in the Town of Elizabeth and on Singing Hills Road. Community members are always welcome to stop by.

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