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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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Times Herald-Record
Mon, 22 Sep 2014 07:04:00 -0700

Fire departments from all around Orange County helped the Florida Fire Department celebrate the arrival of their new rescue truck during a wetdown in the firehouse parking lot on Saturday afternoon September 20, 2014. Posted Sep. 22, 2014. « Florida ...

New Jersey Hills

New Jersey Hills
Fri, 03 Oct 2014 09:30:00 -0700

A “wetdown” is a traditional party thrown by a fire department for the community where area department come and spray water on the new truck for good luck. Area fire departments making appearances included Essex Fells, Caldwell, Fairfield, Verona ...
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