Sunday, December 4, 2011 15:00 – On December 4th at 1500hrs Shiloh Fire Company along with other members from neighboring departments participated in a housing ceremony for its new 100′ Rear Mount Aerial.
The new $858,000.00 100′ Ferrara Rear Mount Aerial can pump 2,000 gallons of water per minute. It includes a 300 gallon water tank, 2 remote controlled 2000 gallon per minute elevated master stream appliances, and a 10KW generator.
The housing ceremony which the public was also invited to attend is a firefighter tradition that dates back to the 19th century. It symbolizes the value that a new fire truck holds for communities around the world.
The first step in the housing ceremony is to transfer water from the retiring vehicle to the new vehicle. This represents the seamless transition of readiness for use in fighting fires from the past to the present. Shiloh will be changing things up a bit and transfer a ladder from the old ladder truck to the new to prepare it for readiness.
The second step is to wash down the tires of the new fire truck. During the hub and spoke wooden wheels era, the wheels of a fire truck were always washed down after it had been used to fight a fire in order to keep the wooden wheels from drying and cracking.
The final step is for the firefighters and others attending the housing ceremony to push the new apparatus into the fire house. Called the “push in”, this recalls the fact that the first widely used firefighting vehicles were horse drawn. When the horses were released from the apparatus, the firefighters then pushed the vehicle into the firehouse. The push in joins the past to the present.
The members of Shiloh Fire Company would like to thank the West Manchester Township Board of Supervisors for their continued support and commitment to the emergency services of West Manchester Township. We would also like to thank the residents as without their support this would not have been possible.