Matthews Fire and EMS to Hold Traditional Wetdown Ceremony for New Fire Truck

Posted on Thursday April 20, 2017

Matthews, NC – Together with Novant Health, Matthews Fire and EMS will hold a traditional “wetdown” ceremony to celebrate the arrival of Fire Engine 22, a new fire truck recently purchased by the Town of Matthews. The equipment on the truck was purchased through a generous donation from Novant Health.

 The ceremonial tradition includes the old fire truck spraying down the new truck that will replace it. Fire Engine 22 will then be wiped down by firefighters and local citizens in attendance, and pushed into the Fire Station signaling the truck is now in service. Following the ceremony, Fire Engine 22 will leave for its inaugural ride to the Matthews Chamber of Commerce Healthy Living Expo.

This event is open to the public and those in attendance will be invited to participate in the ceremony by wiping down Fire Engine 22 with commemorative towels.

WHAT:        Wetdown Ceremony for Fire Engine 22

WHO:         Mayor Jim Taylor, Town of Matthews
Roland Bibeau, President of Novant Health Matthews Medical Center
Chief Rob Kinniburgh, Chief of Matthews Fire Department

Saturday, April 29, 9:00 a.m.


WHERE: Matthews Fire Station 1
236 South Trade Street Matthews, NC


Members of the media planning to attend, please contact Maureen Keith (704) 708-1270 [email protected].  


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