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For the U.S. Navy ceremony, see Wetting-down. For the ceremonial water salute given to vehicles, including ships and airplanes, see Water salute.
Great River Fire Department's first due engine being wetdown.

A wetdown is a ritual celebrated by many volunteer fire departments in the United States in which squads of firefighters from neighboring towns ritualistically commission a new fire apparatus by anointing it with water sprayed from the visitors' firefighting equipment.

If two new apparatus' are commissioned, then it is considered to be a "Double Wetdown". If three new apparatus' are commissioned, then it is called a "Triple Wetdown". Or if four new apparatus' are commissioned, then it is considered as a "Quadruple Wetdown".

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Wyoming Tribune
Sat, 13 Feb 2016 04:56:15 -0800

The event will conclude with a “wetdown” ceremony in which the new truck will be sprayed with water – a tradition among many fire departments. The new Engine No. 5 will be on display beginning at 3 p.m. Wednesday, and the wetdown ceremony will be at ...

NJ.com

NJ.com
Fri, 14 Aug 2015 23:09:59 -0700

CLARK — Beat the heat on Saturday with the Clark Volunteer Fire Department as they host a community "wetdown" to celebrate receipt of two new fire engines. A wetdown is a fundraiser and a traditional celebration of the receipt of a new fire engine ...
 
NJ.com
Fri, 04 Sep 2015 08:56:15 -0700

The Berkeley Heights Volunteer Rescue Squad's will hold a wetdown for its new ambulance on Sept. 12. The wetdown event is being held so the squad can extend a big 'thank you' to the residents and businesses of Berkeley Heights for their generous ...

Patch.com

Patch.com
Fri, 28 Aug 2015 06:07:30 -0700

North Caldwell Fire Department To Host 'Wetdown' Celebration. Get ready to hose 'em down, Caldwells. The North Caldwell Fire Department will be hosting a dual “wetdown” to break in the department's new 2015 Pierce Enforcer rescue pumper and a 2012 ...

Patch.com

Patch.com
Tue, 01 Sep 2015 13:03:45 -0700

These were the two centerpieces of the North Caldwell Fire Department's “wetdown” on Saturday, a fire agency tradition for new vehicles. More from Caldwells Patch. How To Survive A Zombie Outbreak In The Caldwells · The Essex County 911 Roundup: ...

NJ.com

NJ.com
Mon, 17 Aug 2015 08:11:15 -0700

CLARK — Hundreds of local residents came out to beat the heat on Saturday with the Clark Volunteer Fire Department at a community "wetdown" to celebrate receipt of two new fire engines. A wetdown is a fundraiser and a traditional celebration of the ...

Cliffviewpilot.com

Cliffviewpilot.com
Sun, 14 Jun 2015 06:30:00 -0700

palparkwetdown2 PHOTOS: Sun and spray sparked the debut of the Palisades Park Fire Department's new rescue truck at an afternoon wetdown yesterday. Fellow firefighters from throughout Bergen and beyond — including Rockland and Monmouth ...

Myrtle Beach Sun News

Myrtle Beach Sun News
Tue, 07 Apr 2015 16:39:03 -0700

For Le Hendrick the “wetdown” of a new fire engine Tuesday evening was “like Christmas.” Engine 52 is the first new fire engine built specifically for the city since 2001 and it replaces a 2000 fire engine, which will be decommissioned after new hoses ...
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