Fire district to add water tender in Saturday ceremony

Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe to bless apparatus

PORT ANGELES — Clallam 2 Fire-Rescue will hold a public ceremony Saturday to welcome a new water tender truck into its fleet of vehicles.

The ceremony, at 10 a.m. at Fire Station 22, 700 Power Plant Road, will feature a short history talk by Fire Chief Jake Patterson, a group wash down and drying, a blessing by the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe and a push in of the truck into the fire station.

The push-in ceremony has a history dating back to the late 1800s, Patterson said. In that era, fire apparatuses were horse drawn and had to be pushed back into the fire station after each call.

“Clallam 2 Fire-Rescue is proud to carry on this tradition,” a poster stated.

Tender 22 cost $459,439 and was paid for by the fire district’s 2020 levy lid lift. It will replace a 31-year-old water tender.

Parking will be limited, so Patterson recommended people park at the electric substation on Power Plant Road.


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