Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services held a “wet down” ceremony on Tuesday at the Cherokee County Administrative Offices for six new fire engines.
Cherokee County Fire Chief, Tim Prather, told the Commissioners that the fire department put together a truck specification committee that was comprised of representatives from the fire department and the county’s fleet maintenance department to decide what was best for the county. The money used to purchase the engines came from the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST), which was approved by the voters of the county.
Harry Johnston, Chairman of the Cherokee County Board of Commissions, also came forward to say how proud he was of Cherokee County Fire and their firefighters.
Assistant Fire Chief, Eddie Robinson also spoke about the history of the Wet-Down Ceremony. The ceremony is a long-standing fire service tradition where firefighters wet down the new truck with a hose line from the truck being replaced. Once the new engines are delivered to the fire station, firefighters will also do a “Push Back” ceremony. Dating back to the late 1800s, when fire companies used horse drawn equipment, a “Push Back" ceremony” pays tribute to the time when firefighters had to push the pumpers back into the firehouse because the horses weren't able to back the rigs in.
Following the speeches, Commissioner Johnston, Commissioner Corey Ragsdale, Commissioner and formr Fire Chief, Ray Gunnin, Commissioner Steve West and County Manager Jerry Cooper all assisted in wetting down the new engines.
The new fire engines were delivered on June 24th and will be put into service around the first of August and will be stationed at Station 1 at 100 Old Bascomb Court, Station 8 in Holly Springs, Station 9 in North Canton, Station 19 located at 100 Ridge Mill Court, Station 20 at 6724 Bells Ferry Road and Station 22 located at 9550 Bells Ferry Road.