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Three new vehicles before ceremony
Three new vehicles before ceremony
Tangent Fire District Conducts Pushing In Ceremony (Photo) - 11/10/17

Wednesday evening, community members and Tangent firefighters welcomed two water tenders and an engine to the fleet with a "wetting down and pushing in ceremony." The tradition dates back to the 1800's, when firefighters used horses to pull pumpers to fires. Upon competition of the fire the firefighters would return to the station and wash the pumper and the horses down. The firefighters would then push the pumper back into the station as the horses were unable to back the pumper up. This signified that the pumper was ready to serve again. That tradition has continued into modern day, but has transformed into a means to welcome a new truck to the department and ready it to begin serving its community. Fire Chief Scott Casebolt gave a short explanation of the origins of the ceremony, followed by a blessing of the trucks by Tangent Fire District Chaplain Kelly Dufour. Then, one by one, the trucks were hosed down and slowly backed into the station while symbolically being "pushed" in by some of the community members and firefighters in attendance. The ceremony ended with a "tone out" by Linn County Dispatch, where they announced over the radio that the three new vehicles were now in service.
Two current water tenders, with high mileage, have chassis that were originally over-the-road trucks and are being replaced by the two new tenders. The two replacement water tenders were built by Ochoco Manufacturing in Prineville, and are brand new construction, but on used 2013 International chassis with very low mileage. This allowed the department to construct trucks that should last 25 years, but at a significant combined cost savings of over $100,000 over new chassis. These water tenders each carry 3,000 gallons of water and are the district's main source of firefighting water, as there is no municipal water system in Tangent or the surrounding rural areas. They are also pump-and-roll "Mobile Attack Tenders," which means they go directly into fields that are burning and extinguish the fire while in motion using spray nozzles on the rear and both sides. Tangent Fire District is known for its field firefighting capabilities with these tenders.
The Type 3 engine, a smaller engine typically used for wildland-urban interface, is also a used truck. Purchased from San Diego County, the 2008 International/Ferrara is in excellent condition with very low mileage. Designated as Engine 73, this engine will be used primarily to respond to car accidents and calls for medical aid, saving wear and tear on Engine 71, the district's larger and costlier Type 1 structural engine, which should help extend Engine 71's service life by several years. It will also be used to respond to state conflagrations to perform structural fire protection. Purchased for less than half the cost of a new similarly equipped engine, the fire district was again able to experience significant savings.

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