PHOTO: Mayor Pro Tem Jude Prather leads firefighters and Citizens Fire Academy alumni “pushing in” the San Marcos Fire Department’s newest fire truck. PHOTO by TREY HATT.
FROM SUBMITTED REPORTS
The San Marcos Fire Department celebrated the delivery of a new fire truck with a “pushing-in” ceremony on April 17 at Fire Station No. 3 on Hunter Road.
The pushing-in ceremony is a tradition dating back to the 19th century when manufacturers would deliver a new pumper wagon to the fire station with a team of horses. Since the team of horses couldn’t back up, the receiving party would unhitch the wagon, push it back into the station, load up the equipment and hitch their own team of horses, making it ready for its first response.
The ceremony is the culmination of more than two years of work by a committee of San Marcos firefighters who researched and set the specifications of the custom-built truck.
“Each of our apparatus is unique and custom-built to meet the operational needs of the City of San Marcos,” said Fire Chief Les Stephens. “Even though it was built to the department’s specifications, this truck isn’t really ours—it belongs to the residents we serve.”
The 2014 Spartan ERV 100-foot platform truck is equipped with a 2,000-gallon per minute pump; FoamPro Class A foam system; 30-gallon poly foam tank; 300-gallon poly water tank; and a Cummings ISX15 500 horsepower diesel engine.
The unit replaces a 1989 model truck with more than 100,000 road miles logged.
The purchase price of the new truck was $1,104,467, which includes all new hose, tools, and equipment. The apparatus is now in service and has already responded to several calls in the community.