Photos by Rachael Long
By RACHAEL LONG
*Editor’s note: This story was updated at 10:17 a.m. on May 14 to reflect the location of the push-in ceremony at Station 3.
The Brentwood Fire and Rescue team showed off its new ladder truck Monday night at City Hall. As community members trickled out of the City Commission meeting, they were greeted by the bright lights of the department’s newest firefighting apparatus.
The red, white and blue lights are not simply a show of the department’s patriotism. Actually, they are a special safety feature, designed to help firefighters see where their colleagues are on the ladder during a call.
For instance, if a firefighter is climbing the ladder in the red-light zone, his colleagues know he’s close to danger.
Fire personnel say the new truck was recently obtained by the department last week. They were allowed to pick three colors, a member of the department said Monday night, and they chose red, white and blue.
The department will host a”push-in” ceremony for the ladder truck, a tradition in the firefighting industry to officially enter a new apparatus into service.
The public is invited to attend the ceremony Monday, June 10 at Service Center, Station 3, located at 1750 General George Patton Drive in Brentwood