Hall County Fire Services staff pushed four new ambulances Friday into their new bays, a ceremony from a time when a pumper truck’s horsepower was in the single digits.
“It’s kind of a symbolic gesture, on its first day, to have a pushing ceremony from the guys that are actually going to be riding in the truck,” Capt. Zach Brackett said Friday.
In the earlier days of fire departments, the pumper trucks were drawn by horses to each call.
“When they returned to the station after a call, they couldn’t get the horses to back the rig in the house,” Deputy Fire Chief Mark Arnold said. The fire staff would then push the fire pump back into the bay.
Fire Chief Jeff Hood said new ambulances were being placed at Station No. 4 on McEver Road, Station No. 6 on Lula Road, Station No. 9 on Poplar Springs Road and Station No. 12 on Winder Highway.
All of the ambulances were purchased through SPLOST funding, the special purpose local option sales tax.
Capt. Bobby Ogletree said the new ambulances have most of the same functions as the older ones in service.
“Everything’s come a long way with technology,” he said.
On Thursday, the fire department brought its new 107-foot aerial truck into service, which will be at the Shirley Road station in North Hall.
“Truck 16 will enhance our service delivery tremendously in North Hall County and allow Hall County Fire Services to continue to provide the best protection possible to the citizens and visitors of Hall County,” Hood said in a statement on social media. “This would not have been possible without the support of the citizens and Hall County Administration.”