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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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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 ...

New Jersey Herald

New Jersey Herald
Thu, 16 Apr 2015 21:41:56 -0700

By DIANA GOOVAERTS. dgoovaerts@njherald.com. ALLAMUCHY — The Allamuchy Volunteer Fire Department is inviting the public to get wet and wild at its double wetdown on June 6, to help the department celebrate the acquisition of two new vehicles.
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 ...
Thu, 26 Mar 2015 15:29:34 -0700

As a sportswriter I've spent the past 20 years writing about the NFL and many other major-league sports, covering everything from Super Bowls, to the NBA Finals, the World Series and major fights in both boxing and UFC. You might think personality ...

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