New Fire Engine to Serve Merriam Residents

Published on May 18, 2021

Firefighters stand behind a red fire engine and are pushing it into the stations service bay.

A shiny new fire engine is ready to protect Merriam residents from house fires and medical calls.

 

Overland Park firefighters on May 17 dedicated the new fire engine at Station 46 – the station that serves Merriam residents.

 

The fire chief and firefighters, City staff, and Merriam City Councilmembers attended the “Push In” ceremony. Firefighters washed the truck’s wheels, and then they – and a couple of city councilmembers – pushed Engine 46 into the fire station bay.

 

The “Push In” ceremony is a tradition from the late 1800s when fire departments used horses to pull fire equipment. After fighting a fire, the crews would wash the horses to prepare for the next service call and then push back the fire equipment into the station bay.

 

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