Neighbors invited to attend upcoming GFR Ladder 9 “push-in” ceremony

Press release from City of Gainesville

Gainesville Fire Rescue (GFR) Fire Chief Joseph Dixon invites area neighbors to attend a “push-in” ceremony for its newest ladder truck, Ladder 9. During the event, neighbors will have the opportunity to join in and help GFR push Ladder 9 into the fire station truck bay.

The tradition pays tribute to the firefighting days before motorized vehicles, when placing a hand-drawn hose cart or a horse-drawn steam engine into the firehouse required a hands-on approach.

When: 9 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 28
Where: Fire Station 9, 4213 SW 30 Avenue (Butler Plaza)

The City of Gainesville’s newest fire engine is capable of carrying 500 gallons of water and is equipped with battery-powered extrication tools and a 100-foot aerial ladder. As an Advanced Life Support (ALS) truck, Ladder 9 is deployed with state-certified emergency medical technicians and at least one state-certified paramedic. Ladder 9 was built by E-ONE in Ocala.

To help ensure public health and safety, neighbors are asked to wear facial coverings and practice social distancing at the event.