PHOTOS: Rapid City Fire Department gets a new truck!

Truck 6 was welcomed to the station with a ceremony and a blessing by the Fire Chaplin.

RAPID CITY, S.D. – A new fire truck was delivered to RCFD Station 6 back in August. On Thursday, September 29, a ceremony and blessing were done, welcoming Truck 6 to the station.

After the blessing by the Fire Chaplin, there was the traditional push-in ceremony.

The push-in ceremony was started in the 1700’s and 1800’s when firefighting was done on horse-drawn wagons and the firefighters had to push the wagons into the station after the horses were unhooked from the wagons.

Due to the size of the station, Truck 6 was custom built by Rosenbauer for Station 6 and is approximately eight feet shorter than Truck 1.

It has a 109 foot aerial ladder, a 2000 gallon-per-minute water pump, a thermal imaging camera mounted to the ladder nozzle, and holds 500 gallons of water, as well as, about 2000 feet of hose line.

Truck 6 will be replacing Truck 1, which has been with the station since the early 2000’s.

Truck 1, a tradition fire truck without a ladder, isn’t going away though.

“That fire engine will stay in service primarily, probably as a backup engine down at our main fire station, Station One.” said Captain Trapper Lappe.

The new truck with all of its new features will allow the crew at Station 6 to rescue people trapped in multi-story buildings and deliver water to higher up locations.

Truck 6 will be the third ladder truck in Rapid City, giving the city one ladder truck in three different strategic locations across the city.

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