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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.

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New Jersey Hills
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 00:18:45 -0700

A tradition among volunteer fire departments across the United State is a “wetdown” when a new piece of apparatus arrives. The receiving departments throw a party and invite both the community and area fire departments to attend and during the course ...
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Mon, 17 Nov 2014 06:26:15 -0800

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TXK Today
Fri, 29 Aug 2014 13:32:21 -0700

Yesterday the City of Texarkana, Texas held a wetdown ceremony at station #5 for the new Quint 5 truck that was just put into service. According to Fire Chief Eric Schlotter the new Quint concept plan has allowed them to go from 9 staffed vehicle to 6 ...
Independent Press - NJ.com
Sat, 07 Sep 2013 16:28:02 -0700

NEW PROVIDENCE — Engine #4, a 2013 Pierce Velocity Pumper, was officially welcomed into service on Saturday, Sept. 7, with a wetdown. Engines from the Chatham, Liberty Corner and Phillipsburg fire departments gave the engine a good soaking.
Independent Press - NJ.com
Fri, 06 Sep 2013 14:25:45 -0700

The department is holding a wetdown for Engine No. 4 from 4 p.m. to midnight on Saturday, Sept. 7, at the firehouse, 175 Floral Ave., rain or shine. The engine, a 2013 Pierce Velocity Pumper, arrived in July, but everyone knows the christening by ...


Wed, 17 Sep 2014 10:15:00 -0700

The Lambda Wetdown is a LAU tradition that started in 2001. “It originated in our Beta chapter, which is in Rochester, NY,” said Christian Tabares, the treasurer of LAU. “Basically every other undergrad chapter has taken this event and incorporated it ...


Tue, 09 Sep 2014 01:59:07 -0700

ROSELAND, NJ - The Roseland Volunteer Fire Department held a traditional “wetdown” at its 300 Eagle Rock Ave. facility on Saturday to celebrate the arrival of a new rescue engine. A wetdown is a fire department tradition in which a new vehicle is ...
Sat, 13 Jul 2013 12:03:29 -0700

As hundreds of visitors enjoyed lunch, bought raffle tickets or signed up for a drawing for a new Harley Davidson motorcycle offered by the Rotary Club, fire fighters lined their trucks up for the "Wetdown," spraying each other with the fire hoses ...

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