FIREFIGHTING TRADITION WELCOMES RESCUE ADDITION
- Date: May 3, 2012 PIO# 12-5-5
Friday May 4, 2012
Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue Station #32
3400 SW 4 Av., Ft. Lauderdale
Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue welcomes a new addition to the county’s Regional Technical Rescue Team when a heavy rescue truck takes to new quarters Friday morning.
A housing ceremony, a firefighting tradition that dates back to the 19th century, will be conducted as Sheriff Al Lamberti and Fire Chief Neal de Jesus are joined by firefighters in washing the wheels of the 42-foot-long E-One Typhoon heavy rescue. During the era of hub and spoke wooden wheels, the wheels of a fire truck were always washed down when it returned from a fire, to keep the wooden wheels from drying and cracking.
Another housing ceremony tradition that will be conducted is the pushing of the apparatus into the bay. Called the push-in, this originated when fire trucks were horse-drawn. After the horses were released from the truck, the firemen pushed the truck back into the station upon returning from a run. The push-in tradition links the past to the present.
BSFR’s Regional Technical Rescue Team, which specializes in complex extrication, building collapse, high-angle, trench and difficult rescues, will use Squad 32, as the truck will be called, to carry additional equipment needed for difficult and extended rescue operations. The truck also has an on-board air cascade system that can refill firefighters’ breathing air tanks at a fire. In addition to the variety of specialized rescue tools, Squad 32 is also equipped with a generator and scene lighting.
This report by
Mike Jachles / PIO