JCFD hosts “push-in” ceremony for new fire engine
Last Friday morning, a group of Johnson City Firefighters gathered for a ceremony that dates back to the days when fire engines were pulled by horses.
In those days, firefighters had to push their engines back into the station because horses don’t back up. Nowadays, the “push-in” ceremony is symbolic and typically happens when a new fire engine is placed into service.
Such was the case last week at Fire Station 9 on Carroll Creek Road where Johnson City Fire Chief James Stables, Mayor Jenny Brock and City Manager Pete Peterson helped several firefighters put a new engine into service.
Stables said this was the first time a “push-in” ceremony had been done in Johnson City, and the members of the Engine 9 crew that helped push their new engine into the station were thrilled to be getting a new set of wheels.
“They’ve been riding around in a 22-year-old commercial cab that is on its last legs,” Stables said, “This truck is definitely needed.”