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Rochester Fire Department New Ladder Truck Ceremony
The Rochester Fire Department will dedicate its new ladder truck with a “push-in” ceremony Thursday, Nov. 8, at 10 a.m. at Fire Station 1 (521 S. Broadway). The new 107-foot Pierce Velocity ladder truck replaced the old Truck 12 last week and began responding out of Fire Station 1 (521 S Broadway). The public and media are invited to attend the event.
The “push-in” ceremony is a long-standing tradition in the fire service and dates back to the days when horse-drawn fire apparatus had to be physically pushed into the station by firefighters.
The new Truck 12 boasts several modern features, including LED warning and scene lights that will make the truck more visible and provide better scene lighting at emergencies. The new truck also has more compartment space for tools and equipment, as well as the benefit of accessing some compartments from both outside the truck and inside the cab. In addition, the truck meets modern emission standards and is more fuel-efficient.
The new Truck 12 replaces a 20-year-old apparatus that will be placed in reserve status and will be available for use if one of the front-line ladder trucks becomes temporarily inoperable.
The arrival of the new ladder also marks the first time an RFD apparatus has been dedicated to a past member of the department. Capt. Peter S. Mackey was on the department nearly 22 years and passed away in his sleep at the downtown fire station July 24, 1942. Mackey’s name is stenciled onto the exterior of the truck’s cab.