Officials blessed a new fire rescue truck to the Fort Wayne Fire Department that’s better equipped to help save lives.
Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry, Fire Chief Eric Lahey and members of the Fort Wayne Fire Department took part in the blessing of the truck Friday morning. It’s a tradition dating back from days of horse-drawn engines, the new truck was blessed, then welcomed by pushing it into its new quarters at Fire Station 10, 3122 N. Anthony Blvd.
The push-in ritual can be traced back to the late 1800’s when it was a challenge to get horses to push equipment backwards. As a result, firefighters moved the equipment into storage areas by hand.
The Technical Rescue Team, which will utilize the new truck, responds to a wide variety of emergencies including trench collapse, building collapse, high angle rescue and confined space rescue. Team members will work in firehouses all over Fort Wayne.
“We know over the last 20 years the types of emergencies that we response too and chance, so we have to be able to adapt and change with it,“ Chief Lahey, Fort Wayne Fire Dept., said.
Since the truck’s arrival earlier this year, firefighters have been working diligently to securely mount the numerous pieces of equipment and tools that the truck was designed to hold.
“I continue to be impressed by the efforts of the Fort Wayne Fire Department,“ Mayor Henry. “We’ve made positive strides with equipment upgrades, new technology, and additional training. We’re fortunate to have outstanding firefighters who are committed to serving and protecting residents, neighborhoods, and businesses.