Elk Creek Fire to Hold Wetdown Ceremony for New Engine 3/9

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ElkCreekFireDepartment created the topic: Elk Creek Fire to Hold Wetdown Ceremony for New Engine 3/9 08 Mar 2014 07:28 #1

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Elk Creek Fire holds Wetdown Ceremony for New Engine

Conifer Mountain Station receives New Fire Engine

Conifer, Friday, March 7, 2014

This Sunday, March 9, 2014, 12:00 noon, Elk Creek Fire Station 3, at 10956 Timothy's Drive, Conifer, Colorado will take delivery of a new Type 3 Fire Engine. When the new engine arrives, the old engine it is replacing will "wet it down." After being anointed, Elk Creek Firefighters will push the new engine into its bay and put it into service.

A wet down ceremony is a fire tradition dating back to the horse drawn pumpers of the 1800’s. When a department received a new pumper, it and its team of horses would be ritually washed at their newly assigned firehouse and backed into the firehouse bay.

After the ceremony, there will be station tours and BBQ for the firefighters and guests.

Elk Creek Fire Department
Station 3
10956 Timothy's Dr
Conifer, CO 80433
303- 816- 9385

Michael Davis, Public Information Officer
303-838-5809
505-350-6767 cell
mdavis@elkcreekfire.org

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Venturer replied the topic: Elk Creek Fire to Hold Wetdown Ceremony for New Engine 3/9 09 Mar 2014 11:15 #2

Thanks Michael Davis for keeping this thread on topic. Maybe some day more people will believe in Elk Creek and start making tax deductible donations again considering your disasterous posts as PIO regarding the last requested tax increase. Maybe the Chief should continue to make posts or a different PIO?

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ScienceChic replied the topic: Elk Creek Fire to Hold Wetdown Ceremony for New Engine 3/9 10 Mar 2014 11:55 #3

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Yesterday was one of those clear, gorgeous, spring-like winter mountain days, the kind that make you get outside and then pause often, taking in the beauty of your surroundings, feeling content and blessed. But it was special for more than just the weather; we celebrated the official arrival and commissioning into service of a brand new fire engine for Elk Creek Fire Protection District at Station 3 on Conifer Mountain.


The view from Station 3 at the top of Conifer Mountain is enormous, Pikes Peak in the distance.



According to Captain Jacob Ware, the Wetdown Ceremony dates back to the 1800s. A new fire engine is washed and dried, then pushed back by the firefighters into its new bay to be officially commissioned into service. The community is invited to participate, for this engine will take care of them in years to come.


Even the littlest helped!


No spot is missed!

Elk Creek Firefighters in attendance

Elk Creek Fire Station 3 Crew

Spiffy!

Time to put her in her new home



Home sweet home...ready to serve

Out with the old...having served well


What made this day, and this ceremony so special, was the long effort by many to bring this to fruition. After decades of lack of funding increases, the 1st mill levy in 40 years passed allowing the purchase of new equipment and more to help bring the community's fire department up-to-date and better able to serve in emergencies. Conifer Mountain will now have its own dedicated engine, with a solid local volunteer crew standing by to respond when needed.


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Venturer replied the topic: Elk Creek Fire to Hold Wetdown Ceremony for New Engine 3/9 10 Mar 2014 12:35 #4

Thanks for the pix. How many people other than firefighters showed up for the event? There were a number I know that boycotted it thanks to the good works of Michael Davis.

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MountainRoadCrew replied the topic: Elk Creek Fire to Hold Wetdown Ceremony for New Engine 3/9 10 Mar 2014 19:54 #5

Posts were split out and moved here: http://mymountaintown.com/forums/the-ring/31211

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Venturer replied the topic: Elk Creek Fire to Hold Wetdown Ceremony for New Engine 3/9 10 Mar 2014 20:34 #6

So ballpark how many people showed up for the event. Don't need hard and fast numbers just an estimate would be appreciated.

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Photo-fish replied the topic: Elk Creek Fire to Hold Wetdown Ceremony for New Engine 3/9 10 Mar 2014 21:03 #7

Thanks for the pictures and video. :ThumbsUp:

Looks like a good time. I am happy that they had some good weather.
What a great tradition. :clap:


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Venturer replied the topic: Elk Creek Fire to Hold Wetdown Ceremony for New Engine 3/9 11 Mar 2014 08:55 #8

Never mind I got an email. Apparently a miniscule turn out considering the number of residents in the district. Unfortunate that we as taxpayers get to pay for all our firefighters standing around who get credit for being there toward their hours for the month which goes towards their pension.

Elk Creek still has a huge amount of work to get the support of their district behind them.

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Kassk20 replied the topic: Elk Creek Fire to Hold Wetdown Ceremony for New Engine 3/9 11 Mar 2014 10:22 #9

GreatGran wrote:
Elk Creek still has a huge amount of work to get the support of their district behind them.


I believe the Majority of the district did show their support and it was shown that the district is behind Elk Creek when they voted to pass the mil levy increase for Elk Creek. Doesn't get more black and white than that. If you are talking about yourself than I think we can all agree that Elk Creek doesn't need the negative support that you give and are better off without it.

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Cathy_Lee replied the topic: Elk Creek Fire to Hold Wetdown Ceremony for New Engine 3/9 11 Mar 2014 10:29 #10

Great post, Kassk20! Trying to equate Elk Creek's support with the number of civilians who showed up vs. the outcome of the recent mil levy election is a fool's errand. Let's face it. Some people can find fault with anything.

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