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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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102 news items

Cliffviewpilot.com

Cliffviewpilot.com
Mon, 08 Jun 2015 12:13:54 -0700

SHOUT OUT: Palisades Park firefighters invite all area colleagues, emergency responders and civilians and their children to a wetdown this Saturday for their newest addition — a rescue truck. The event is set to begin at 3 p.m. and is expected to run ...

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 ...

NorthJersey.com

NorthJersey.com
Wed, 10 Jun 2015 22:46:24 -0700

An additional $44,000 was spent on renovations at the Witte Drive firehouse to accommodate the larger fire engine, including removing a wall and relocating and improving utilities. The department will host a wetdown on Oct. 3, which will feature ...
 
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 ...

Cliffviewpilot.com

Cliffviewpilot.com
Sat, 20 Aug 2011 21:28:47 -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 ...
 
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 ...
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