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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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NJ.com

NJ.com
Fri, 14 Aug 2015 23:00:00 -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 ...

Patch.com

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

A 2015 Pierce Enforcer rescue pumper. A 2012 Ford F-550 mini pumper. These were the two centerpieces of the North Caldwell Fire Department's “wetdown” on Saturday, a fire agency tradition for new vehicles. The above photos come courtesy of S.M. Kent.

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 ...

Independent Press - NJ.com

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.

Newsweek

Newsweek
Sun, 30 Aug 2015 06:41:15 -0700

08_27_WetDown_17 Firefighters during the Allamuchy Dual Wetdown on June 6 in Allamuchy, New Jersey. Firefighters will also get close and spray each other with low-pressure hoses in order to knock each other off balance. Jason Bergman/Newsweek.

Patch.com

Patch.com
Mon, 16 Jun 2014 15:52:30 -0700

The Ramsey Fire Dept. will be having a celebration to thank the residents of Ramsey for their new apparatus (2 brand new engines) on Saturday, June 28th from 4 to 8 pm at Fire HQ's on Island Ave. All are welcome to attend. Food, drink, and live music ...

TXK Today

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

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 ...
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