by Jim Buell, 2nd Asst. Chief Fire Dept.
So, this Safety Spot will be a little different than my normal article. I’m not going to talk about safety related items, but take some time to explain a tradition in the fire service. The fire department will host a “Wet Down.” What is a Wet Down, you ask? It is a chance for the fire department to take time to celebrate a new piece of equipment going to be used to support the community we protect. Neighboring mutual aid departments will participate by firing up the pumps on their engines and spraying water over the new apparatus (sometimes this is done to celebrate a new fire station) therefore “wetting down” and christening the newest addition to the fleet.
Plan to visit the fire station on Sunday, July 7 between noon and 1 pm and help us celebrate our newest addition – Shelburne Marine 1. There will be an opportunity to see the boat, learn what activities the firefighters participate in on the boat, enjoy a hot dog, and at 1 pm take in the festivities of the Wet Down. It will be a fun time and an opportunity to participate in a longtime fire service tradition! We look forward to seeing you at the station and remember…Fire prevention/safety isn’t just one week of the year, but all 52!