Push-in Ceremony Scheduled

Greenville Fire and Rescue’s newest fire truck will be christened early next year with a formal “Push-in” ceremony at Firehouse No. One. Image by Jim Satterwhite.

The celebration of the arrival of a new piece of apparatus has been a source of pride for regular and volunteer fire companies for more than 100 years. Greenville and Hunt County are not exceptions to this time-honored event.
Greenville Fire Chief Jeremy Powell said, “During the late 19th Century, fire engines were horse-drawn and could not be backed into the firehouse. Hence the name ‘Push-in.” Since the early fire-fighting apparatus were hand-drawn, pushing the engine into quarters was a daily occurrence.
Greenville’s fire department was organized in 1883. The first firehouse was at Johnson and Picket Streets. The first fire engines were hand pumped and drawn by a team of horses. Soon fire engines were powered by steam generated by burning “coal oil” to pump water from tanks and mill ponds.
Greenville Fire and Rescue will celebrate the arrival of the city’s newest fire truck on Tuesday, January 8th at 2:45 PM.

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