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Elkhart firefighters push their new aerial truck into the fire station, an old-time tradition that dates back to the horse-drawn era.

ELKHART — The Elkhart Fire Department on Thursday introduced its new custom truck into service with an age-old tradition.

The department dedicated its $1.2 million Sutphen aerial truck with a prayer before firefighters gathered to push the aerial truck inside the Fire Station 1 garage.

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Elkhart firefighters celebrate the arrival of its new aerial truck with a push-back ceremony on Thursday.

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Sorry! It's an aerial truck or ladder truck or just truck. Cause it is loaded with ladders and an hydraulic mounted extending ladder. Fire "engines" carry hose and it's main purpose is water supply at a scene! Just sayin!!! But yep! It will be easier to get around in some areas where streets are narrower and more congested!

RasmusSJorgensen Staff

You are, of course, correct. Thank you for pointing it out. We have fixed it now.


Just jabbing ya! Old dogs like me and many others giggle at civilian beliefs. Like the cat in the tree thingy! Did that 1 time in 38 years! And it ran right back up the tree. Have you EVER seen a cat skeleton in a tree? lol!

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