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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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Mon, 16 Mar 2015 12:00:56 -0700

The Allamuchy Fire Department will be receiving two new fire trucks in the coming months. The new fire attack engine and tanker have been deemed necessary by the township due to the age of the other two and the constant costs for their upkeep.
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 ...
New Jersey Hills
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 07:04:21 -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 ...
Independent Press - NJ.com
Sat, 07 Sep 2013 16:28:02 -0700

For years, whenever fire departments received delivery of a new truck, “they would park it outside the department and surrounding departments would come wet it down,” he said. Eventually that practice was turned into the official wetdown parties which ...
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 ...

Cherry Hill Courier Post

Cherry Hill Courier Post
Fri, 20 Feb 2015 13:26:10 -0800

20 at its first teardown, at 1510 Louis St., precautionary procedures other than a simultaneous wetdown did not appear to be in place. In fact, the contractor only recently put up asbestos warning signs and just concluded its cleanup of the debris late ...


Tue, 23 Dec 2014 13:33:45 -0800

A recent wetdown in Red Bank, New Jersey, provides a modern illustration. On May 18, 2014, the 142-year-old Navesink Hook and Ladder Company (NHLC) dedicated its new combination rescue/ladder truck, replacing a 25-year-old ladder truck. It was a ...
Thu, 07 Mar 2013 06:37:39 -0800

On Sunday morning at 11 a.m., Floodlight Rescue Co. No. 1 of the Rockville Centre Fire Department celebrated its newest ambulance with a traditional “Wetdown” Ceremony. The new ambulance actually went into service a little more than four weeks ago.

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