A new fire engine that will enhance public safety in District 5 was put into service at Station 52 in Pine Grove on Monday.
The new apparatus represents a more than half-million dollar investment in public safety. Following the current standard, the new Sutphen Corporation Monarch will result in increased reliability, added features and lower maintenance costs as it replaces an older model in service since 2007 and 150,000 miles on its odometer.
“Public safety is always an important priority for our residents. Having the best equipment, best training and best facilities for our first-responders is a long-standing commitment by the County Commission and one I support completely,” said Ricky Booth, the District 5 County Commissioner, where the new engine is based. “District 5 residents can rest easy knowing that these life-saving resources are being deployed in the community so that our first-responders are ready for any and all emergencies.”
Osceola Fire Rescue displayed the time-honored traditions of the fire service with a “Push-Back” ceremony. The first part of the ceremony involved washing, then drying off the new engine. Firefighters then pushed the new vehicle into the firehouse, a practice that dates back to the 19th century when horses could not properly back into the station with the wagon attached.
“I want to thank the Osceola Board of County Commissioners for their continued support of public safety,” said Chief Larry Collier. “By replacing aging apparatus in a timely manner with the best equipment possible, our firefighters will be better equipped to protect Osceola County residents and visitors.”
In recent years, Osceola County has invested $10.3 million in new fire station properties and $22.1 million in replacement stations and a dedicated fire training facility, as well as annual commitments of $1.3 million in apparatus replacement and $200,000-300,000 in tool and equipment replacement.