The Royse City Fire Department is planning to welcome home its newest piece of equipment and the public is being invited to participate.

A first-ever “Wet-Down and Push-In” ceremony for the new Engine 81 is set for Nov. 5 at 5 p.m. at the department, 232 East Main in Royse City.

According to an announcement from the department, a “Wet Down" ceremony is a fire service tradition dating back to the late 1800's, originating during the transition between a hand-pump apparatus to the new mechanical pumps. The “Push-In” is for remembering the days when horse drawn fire engines had to be pushed back into their stations after a fire.

During the event, the new engine will be filled with the water of the outgoing decommissioned Engine 5 and then spraying it down. All in attendance may then assist with drying Engine 81. There will be a blessing provided by a local pastor with all Royse City firefighters surrounding the apparatus, concluding with the push-in and the first “Tone Out” to officially place it in service.

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