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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Fairdale High School students have received a new fire truck to be used in the school's Fire Science Program.
Students welcomed the truck with a "wet down" ceremony. It's similar to the way sailors christen a new ship by breaking a bottle of champagne on the bow. Firefighters wet down the new fire engine with water to symbolize the protection from fire to keep crews safe.
Jeff Birt, Fire Science and EMS Instructor, tells WDRB News, "This is Brutus 2. The pumper we had before was named by the students Brutus. So I'm trying to work the theme in, at this point it's important to get a sense of pride and ownership for these kids."
ThE truck is new to students, but it's a 1999 fire truck donated by the Fairdale Fire Department. The schools says their other truck was getting too old and it was difficult to find parts for it.