On May 27th, from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m., the Champaign Fire Department will host a ceremonial “Push-In” of the new fire engine at Fire Station 4, 2315 W. John St., Champaign.
A “Push-In” dates to the horse-drawn fire engine steamer days when the horses and the steamer engine would return to the fire station after going to a fire. The horses would be disconnected from the steamer and the firefighters and neighbors would wipe the engine down and help push the steamer engine back into the fire station. We will ask those present to help wipe the new engine down and “push” the fire engine back into the fire station.
In addition to the ceremonial “Push-In” and open house, additional Fire Department equipment will be on display such as Engine #1. Families will have an opportunity to tour the sprinkler trailer and hear fire prevention and safety messaging.