North Metro Fire Rescue District will retire two fire engines and welcome two new fire engines in a special ceremony on Saturday, May 18, at 11 a.m. at Station 61 at 1275 Midway Blvd. in Broomfield. The fire district is inviting the community to participate in the ceremony and to thank residents for their investment in public safety.
As part of the ceremony, kids will get to assist with washing the wheels of the new engines, and the community will be invited to help push them into the station bay. Both activities are rooted in fire service tradition from when firefighters would have to wet down the wagon wheels of horse-drawn fire carriages to prevent the spokes from being damaged. Additionally, they would have to push the rigs back into the bay, since horses couldn’t back up the carriages. An open house where everyone can see the engines up close and tour the station will follow.
Existing Engine 67 and Engine 61 will be retired after 15 years of service and over 57,000 emergency calls combined. They will now serve the District as reserve units when other engines need to be serviced. In their place, two new Pierce-built fire engines will begin running their first calls. The new engines were built to better handle densely-populated neighborhoods, to carry more equipment needed for the diverse types of emergencies, and to provide more safety and efficiency in emergency response overall.