EUSTIS, Fla. (May 7, 2019) – The Eustis Fire Department is inviting the public to join in the dedication and pushback ceremony for its new ladder truck. The ceremony will be held on May 11 at 9 a.m. at Fire Station 22 located 100 West Norton Avenue in Eustis. The ceremony will include a wet-down and wash, shining of the wheels and pushback into the station bay, followed by refreshments.
The new 75’ Aerial Ladder truck carries 450 gallons of water, has a 2,000 GPM pump and oufitted with all new equipment and state-of-the-art LED lighting. The truck was manufactured by Pierce in Appleton, Wisconsin and purchased through the penny sales tax funds.
“The pushback tradition dates back to the days of horse-drawn fire equipment and since horses could not easily push the equipment backwards into the station, firefighters had to assist by pushing up front,” said Fire Chief Michael Swanson. “It’s a fun way to get the community involved in celebrating this new piece of equipment that will modernize our fleet and help us respond to calls even more efficiently.”
About the Eustis Fire Department:
Established in 1883, the Eustis Fire Department serves an 12.5 square mile area with a population of more than 19,000. Under the direction of Fire Chief Michael Swanson, the department provides administrative, inspection, rescue, vehicle extrication and suppression services to our community. The Eustis Fire Department responds to over 4,000 calls per year and provides mutual auto aid to all neighboring cities and county areas.