The Statesboro Fire Department will host a “Push-In Ceremony” on Tuesday, May 9, 2023, at Fire Station 1 located at 24 West Grady Street starting at 9:00 a.m. The Statesboro Fire Department designed and ordered two brand new fire engines in August of 2021 and will celebrate their arrival with a time-honored tradition in the fire service.
Celebrating the arrival of a new fire apparatus has always been a source of pride for fire departments. The push-in ceremony has gained popularity in recent years, particularly in smaller communities. Because fire trucks are a sizable purchase for any community, a push-in ceremony is a way to bring the community together to see their tax dollars well-spent.
The push-in ceremony draws its name from the early 17th and 18th centuries when hand-drawn and horse-drawn fire engines had to be “pushed” into the fire station after every call. In the 19th century, motorized engines were created and didn’t need to be pushed into a station, but the tradition lived on.
The department’s two new 2023 Pierce Enforcer Engines can pump over 1,500 gallons per minute, feature new lighting equipment, and offer advanced safety features to further protect firefighters while they serve.
“We want to thank our community so much for their support of this SPLOST purchase,” says Fire Chief Tim Grams.” “We serve over 33,780 citizens here in the City of Statesboro as well as residents in our 5 mile response tax district along with Georgia Southern University, and our firefighters strive for excellence daily. In order to provide exceptional service, we need the proper tools. These two new engines will help us maintain our ISO Rating 2, which is a feat our Department continues to be proud of.”
The Statesboro Fire Department invites members of the community to join them on Tuesday morning for the ceremony.