GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. —The newest firetruck gets sprayed down with water from the one its replacing. This drenched welcome is part of a tradition that goes back from the 1800s.
The latest truck is a “clean cab concept”, which is designed for firefighters’ safety on call. One of the biggest features is how it lessens the passengers’ risk for cancer.
“The engine is set up that they do not put their contaminated gear that they have from going on a fire or going on a hazardous material call or something like that,” Ken Watkins informs, “It doesn’t go in the cab where the crew is responding to call or sitting, so it gives them the opportunity to put their gear somewhere else till they can get it cleaned back at the fire station.”
This is also the first public ceremony since the pandemic’s arrival. Per tradition, guests join in welcoming the newest truck by drying off the exterior then pushing it into the station.