Grants Pass Fire Rescue will officially place into service the community’s new fire truck, 7307, during a traditional ceremony historically known as a ‘Push Back’. The ceremony will be held Friday at the Hillcrest Station, located at 199 NW Hillcrest Dr. The ceremony begins at 1 p.m. and concludes at 3 p.m. and will also include a blessing offered by our Chaplin’s.
The origin of pushing a fire truck into the station dates back to the time of horse-drawn equipment. Firefighters had to push the fire pumpers into the fire station because horses were incapable of backing the equipment.
The City of Grants Pass’s new fire truck is a Pierce Impel PUC that carries 750 gal of water and can pump 1500 gal of water a minute. A major improvement is the addition of the capability to ‘Pump & Roll’. This feature allows the fire engine to supply water to fire hoses while the truck is in motion. The new engine features a “clean cab” design that helps in the fight to prevent firefighter cancer. The engine also equipped with LED lights that make it more efficient.