Saturday, September 4, 2010

CHSFA Receives New Fire Apparatus and Conducts a Wet Down Ceremony and Dedication

Fire Commissioner Black adresses the gathering

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On Friday Sept. 3, 2010, the CHSFA took delivery of their new Fire Apparatus. This apparatus is a 1973 American LaFrance Triple Combination Pumper - Hose Wagon. The Reserve Engine Company is being leased from the City of Concord. This truck will be used as a Training Tool, as a Parade Piece, and will also provide Spirit at the Home Football Games this year. The Honor Guard will base their operations from this unit in the Football Stadium. The "Black Widow" will provide lots of opportunity for recruits to demonstrate "Pride and Ownership" whenever they use this wonderful new addition to the Academy.
Concord Fire Chief Randy Holloway spoke about the Fire Department's willingness to support and partner with this program and shared that “In two short years, this has become the model program in North Carolina.” “We look forward to many years of cooperation.”
He added that a registry will be put on the fire truck for students who use it to add their names. In the future, Holloway hopes the city will create a museum featuring the fire department. He said The Black Widow and the registry with the students’ names would be a great addition to the fire department’s history.
Chief Holloway also said that he had heard that some might like to paint the apparatus Black and Gold. He advised against repainting, but provided CHSFA with a bag of spider web, spider stickers, etc. for us to use in decorating the vehicle.

As Fire Commissioner Black and Ms. Lisa Conger donned their gear, the CHS Cheerleaders - The Spider Girls energized the crowd with the cheer "Get Fired Up".

Similar to the Navy tradition of christening a ship, the Fire Service, began wetting down their apparatus prior to it being placed in service and whenever the equipment was transferred to another department or firehouse. The wetting down of the Apparatus and Crew with water symbolizes the Protection from Fire that all fire crews and apparatus need from the intensity of fire and to keep them safe. Often firefighters and apparatus from neighboring towns will ritualistically commission a new fire apparatus by anointing it with water sprayed from the visitors' firefighting equipment.
With our Wet Down, we had the Director of the Cabarrus County Schools Career and Technical Education program - Ms. Lisa Conger, and our Principal - Mrs. Carla Black, don Firefighter Turnout Coats, Boots, and Helmets and wet down the Apparatus while the recruits washed the rig. With the temperature hovering around the century mark, many observers wished that they could assist in order to cool off.

of Reserve Engine #3

The well known and highly respected Fire Chief of Phoenix, Arizona - Chief Alan Brunacini posted signs at all of the Fire Stations in that city stating that:
It is with this philosophy and “Pride and Ownership” that the Concord High School Fire Academy along with its Partner Agency Dedicate this 1973 American LaFrance Triple Combination Pumper – Hose Wagon - Reserve Engine # 3 to the proper Education of our students.
We now will officially name her – “The Black Widow”

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