Tavares – The Lake County Office of Fire Rescue will add a new fire truck to its fleet this month, replacing an aging 2005 truck.
On March 17 at 10:30 a.m., community leaders, staff from the Office of Public Safety and fellow colleagues will gather at Lake County Fire Station 15 for a push back ceremony and the celebration of the new truck, Engine 15. Station 15 is located at 40601 Palm Drive in Eustis.
“In its first year, Engine 15 will respond to over 600 calls for service, providing Advanced Life Support and fire protection to the citizens of Pine Lakes and surrounding areas,” said Lake County Fire Rescue Chief Jim Dickerson.
Named after its home station, Engine 15 is a 2019 Pierce Commercial Pumper truck equipped with all-wheel drive capability for accessing unpaved roadways and terrain, which is critical for brush fire operations. Onboard systems also include a 1000-gallon water tank and a 1250 gallon-per-minute pump, vehicle extrication equipment, a generator and Advanced Life Support (ALS) services.
The push back ceremony is a tradition dating back to the days of horse-drawn fire wagons that had to be detached from the horses and “pushed back” into the fire house.
For more information on the Office of Fire Rescue, visit https://lakecountyfl.gov/offices/fire_rescue/ or view its social media pages on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/LakeCountyFireRescue/ and Twitter at https://twitter.com/LakeFirePIO.
Correction: The original press release sent on March 5 stated that the push back ceremony will start at 9 a.m. This is incorrect. The ceremony will begin at 10:30 a.m.