Fairview Residents Welcomed Engine 752 to the Fire Department
On a hot and steamy morning under a broiling sun, 82 residents of Fairview, covering eight generations, turned out to welcome the arrival of the town’s newest fire truck. Built over a year, Engine 752 was constructed by Pierce Manufacturing of Appleton, Wisconsin, the nation’s leading provider of fire apparatus. It cost $725,000 to construct. Chief Jeff Bell informs us, “This is a 2019 Pierce Velocity with 500 gallons of water and a 2000 gallon per minute pump. This vehicle will respond to all calls in district 2 and as a backup to fire district one. Engine 752 will serve residents of Fairview for the next 15 years.”
It replaces a nine- year old fire truck, also labelled as Engine 752, that will now be sold on the secondary market to another city. The numbers assigned to fire apparatus are not arbitrary. The most common system is that each fire district in an area is assigned a number, Fairview’s is 7, and each vehicle type, such as ladder trucks, pumpers, ambulances, and utility vehicles also carry a unique numeral. Thus, the new fire truck remains Engine 752.
Fire Chief Jeff Bell welcomed the crowd and dispensed fire helmets to all the kids. Snacks and iced water bottles as well as imprinted towels were also provided. The towels were part of a traditional “Push in” ceremony in which members of the Fire Department first rinse and soap up the new truck and then residents collaborate to wipe it dry. Fairview Mayor Henry Lessner was the first resident to towel off the truck and dozens of others soon followed. Council member Charlie Henkle also attended and took a seat behind the wheel of Engine 752.
Engine 752 is now officially in service and is already responding to calls.