Beech Grove firefighters and community members gathered at Station 57 on Churchman Avenue on July 27 to get a glimpse at the new fire engine during a Fire Truck Dedication.
As part of the dedication, firefighters placed their hands on the new engine as South Emerson Church of God Pastor Paul Kirby said a prayer. The new engine was then sprayed down with water from the to-be-retired fire engine. Firefighters then pushed the new engine into the station, getting it ready to go out and serve the community.
“It’s going to be a fine truck for the citizens of Beech Grove,” said Brian Butler, engineer. “It will be a nice, safe truck for our firefighters on the job. Safety is something we took number one priority in. We’re happy that Smeal and Hoosier Fire came together to build such a nice engine for us.”
A committee consisting of Beech Grove firefighters Butler, Michael Boone and Brent Henady worked for the past two years to design a fire engine. The firemen listened to the ideas of everyone on their shifts, working together to create the safest, most efficient truck possible within the given budget. The estimated value is $389,000.00 and is paid in full.
“I’m super excited about it,” Henady said. “It’s something we’ve been anticipating for a long time. Every time we’d go out and do an inspection on it, it was like being teased like a kid in the candy store that can’t reach the shelf to get any candy. It’s been a lot of fun.”
This is the second new engine for the fire department, and the first for the Churchman station in 14 years. The former truck will be retired and used as the reserve engine.
“It’s very nice,” Butler said. “You picture it in your mind when you build this truck and see all of the engineering and designs, but when you get to see it and function with it, it’s gratifying knowing your hard work paid off. This truck will be here for a good 15 years probably, as either a front line engine or reserve apparatus. You have to come up with a nice design to make sure that it lasts that long.”