A long-time tradition at firehouses, the ceremony commemorated putting a new engine into service at SMF for the first time since 2001.
“This a time-honored tradition and very special event,” said Sacramento County Airports Director Cindy Nichol. “Our new engine is a critical piece for our fire department and represents a major step forward in technology and capabilities for Sacramento Airport Fire.”
The new Engine 98 apparatus is a 2019 Rosenbauer Crossfire Pumper that is specifically designed to carry the necessary medical equipment to support Sacramento Airport Fire’s soon to be operational Paramedic program. Additionally, Engine 98 is capable of pumping 1,500 gallons per minute in the event of a structure or aircraft fire.
Engine 98 also has significantly reduced emissions compared to its older counterpart due to a “clean burning” engine. This apparatus is equipped with the “Clean Cab Concept,” which reduces personnel exposure to carcinogens by placing all firefighting equipment and Personal Protective Equipment in compartments outside of the cab area. This presents a major step forward in cancer prevention for fire department personnel.
The old Engine 98 will be placed into reserve status and moved to Station 97 at Mather Airport.
The tradition of the “pushing in” ceremony dates back to the 1800s when fire apparatus were horse-drawn. When a community would purchase a new apparatus, it was a major investment and an important community event. The new apparatus was “christened” with water from the veteran apparatus being replaced and because the apparatus was not motorized, it was pushed into the bay by members of the community.