Richmond dedicates new 100-foot tower fire truck

RICHMOND, Ky. (WTVQ) – The city of Richmond celebrates a new addition while honoring old traditions.

With a major university, growing industries and increased economic growth, the city of Richmond has added another tool to protect its residents and property owners.

During ceremonies Tuesday morning, the city dedicated and blessed its now 100-foot Sutphen tower truck.

The ceremony was held at the city’s main fire station on Madison Avenue. It paid tribute to a tradition dating back more than 100 years to when firefighters washed the horses down when a new wagon was put into service.

Today, firefighters washed the wheels, crews pushed the new engine into its station and Mayor Robert Blythe blessed the truck. And while they followed history, first responders note it is a big upgrade.

“To the average person, it’s another fire truck running up and down the road. But really it enhances our ability to keep persons safe in high-rise buildings, certain rescue scenarios. It also enhances our safety for our firefighters and our personnel to do the job,” said Corey Lewis, Richmond Fire Department Public Information Officer.

The fire department encourages the community to stop by the station, check out the new truck and get to know their firefighters.

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