The Gastonia Fire Department welcomed citizens, Mayor Walker Reid, Gastonia City Council members, and city staff to Gastonia Fire Department’s Station 3 on Feb. 6 for a “push in” ceremony and open house to place a brand new ladder apparatus into service.
Ladder 3 is a 2018 Spartan/Smeal fire apparatus which has a 75 foot ladder, 500 gallon water tank, and a 2,000 gallons per minute pump.
The “push in” ceremony is a time honored tradition in the fire service, and is a ceremonial way of retiring the previous fire apparatus, and making way for the new one. Gastonia firefighters removed the “3” on the front of the previous Ladder 3, and placed it on the new apparatus. Water was also removed from the tank of the previous truck, and poured into the new Ladder 3, as a way of passing the torch of the previous truck protecting citizens and property, and signifying the new truck to do the same.
Gastonia Fire Department firefighters, dignitaries from the city, and citizens who attended all ceremoniously pushed the new Ladder 3 into the bay at Station 3. Once inside Station 3 the Battalion 2 Chief radioed dispatch and placed the brand new Ladder 3 officially into service.