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Jenks Fire Department Introduces New Fire Engine in Push Ceremony

PUSHING FOR TRADITION: Members of the Jenks Fire Department and supporters help to push the new fire engine into the Station 2 bay area as part of the ceremony Dec. 7.

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Jenks Fire & Rescue (Jenks Fire Department) held a Push Ceremony Dec. 7 at Station 2 located at 1115 W. 12th St. South in Jenks.

The Jenks Fire Department received a new fire engine that is replacing the current unit, a 1988 model.

The city and the fire department are thrilled with having this new truck to better serve the community according to Katie Butterfield, director of communications for the City of Jenks. 

The tradition of a Push Ceremony dates back to the early days of firehouses and how fire trucks used to be driven. 

Before they were motorized, fire engines were pulled by horses.  However, horses could not walk backwards and push the fire engine back into the firehouse.  Therefore, firefighters had to unhook the horses and manually push the fire engine into the firehouse every time.  To initiate a new truck and claim it “ready for work,” firefighters have a tradition of manually pushing their new fire truck into the firehouse in an event they call a Push Ceremony.  This is very important to the firefighters.

Attending the event were City of Jenks staff, City Council members as well as members of the public.

Updated 12-19-2018

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