New Providence Fire Department Holds 'Wet Down' to Welcome New Fire Truck
Sunday, September 8, 2013 • 8:32am
NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - The New Providence Fire Department held a “wet down” to welcome their newest fire truck, a 2013 Pierce Velocity, Saturday night at the department complex.
Local residents enjoyed the numerous festivities that were offered, including live entertainment, free food and beverages, 50/50 drawings, and souvenirs to remember the night.
Fire Chief, Ralph Parlapiano explained that the “wet down” process is when a new fire truck becomes “christened.”
“Local fire departments come to the wet down and help spray water on the truck to wish it good luck,” Parlapiano said.
He said that the reason for purchasing the Pierce Velocity is because the previous truck was recently retired due after 25 years of service, which is the typical lifetime of a fire truck.
“We chose the Pierce Velocity because it is the sister truck of one of the Berkeley Heights trucks, so we tweaked it to our needs,” Parlapiano said.
The chief, who has been a member of NPFD for 35 years, said that he was thrilled with the turnout for the event.
Among the hundreds in attendance, the Young family said they were excited about attending their first NPFD event.
“We’re having a great time and love how tight knit the community is,” Joan Young said.
Her husband, Bill, added that unlike a lot of towns, New Providence is very “community-minded” and has "wonderful" local activity.
“We really enjoyed having a good look at the truck and wish the department good luck with it,” Bill Young said.