There’s a shiny red addition to the Plano Fire-Rescue (PFR) fleet, and they call her Quint 7. This new fire-fighting equipment was delivered to eager first responders at Fire Station 7 located at 5600 Democracy Drive.
Fire Chief Sam Greif welcomed the new truck saying, “For a fire department to be properly resourced, it takes a combination of the right people and the best equipment.” A christening of sorts was held for the new truck called a “push-in” ceremony.
The Quint 7 gleamed during the time-honored tradition which included a mini-wash. Push-in ceremonies are common initiations for a new apparatus, like a truck or engine, which dates back to the days before automobiles. When rescue vehicles were horse-driven, firefighters pulled their equipment by hand. Unfortunately, horses weren’t very good at backing things up, so early firefighters had to “push” the apparatus back into the stations manually.
“Quint” is short for a quintuple pumper. It is equipped with five features: 500 gallons of water, a 2,000 gallon-a-minute pump, a 600-foot supply line, a 1,000-foot attack hose and a 170-foot ladder on top.
The new truck was ready for action and took a service call on its first day of service. Watch a brief recap of the ceremony: