The Penticton Fire Department put its newest fire truck into service with an unique event, on Saturday. The occasion, called a traditional housing ceremony, has belonged to fire service history dating back to the 1930s. “This is an event to increase the awareness of our capabilities to secure our community and to welcome the Rescue 201 fire truck into our fleet,” said Fire Chief Larry Watkinson. The fire department will now have seven fire trucks at its two firehalls in the city. The most recent addition is for occurrences such as vehicle mishaps and restricted space, high angle, ice and quick water rescues. All the equipment required for such situations is on board the truck. Saturday’s well participated in event at the hall on Nanaimo Avenue, included a welcome speech by Watkinson, a blessing, tour of the truck and a wetting ceremony, where thrilled children and others got to clean down the truck. The highlight was getting everyone there to push it into the station, while a bagpiper played. “It’s everything about pride and ownership,” said Watkinson. “We are happy with our fleet and pleased to serve the community.” Participants of any ages, including local politicians, were having a good time. “It’s a beautiful day, and I believe it’s type of neat to see our brand-new truck, which is actually a community truck,” said Veronika Schrank. Miranda Tumbach enjoyed to be there with her kid Kye. “I think it’s incredible,” she stated. “We pertained to support the fire department and the neighborhood, and the baby enjoys the lights and the big truck.”…
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