Staff report

The Prosper Fire Department will celebrate the addition of a new aerial ladder truck to its fleet of emergency vehicles with a traditional wet-down and push-in ceremony scheduled for 11 a.m. Feb. 29.

The public is invited to attend the event, during which department personnel will push the vehicle into the Central Fire Station, 1500 E. First St.

The truck features an onboard 100-foot mid-mount platform ladder. It can pump 2,000 gallons of water per minute when connected to a fire hydrant or other continuous water supply. The vehicle has a 300-gallon water tank as well as a 20-gallon foam tank.

Prosper firefighters have undergone training to use the truck to perform activities including elevated rescuses, structure ventilation, aerial master water streams and forcible entry. It will also be used to respond to commercial fire alarms, accidents on major thoroughfares and those where extraction is required. It may also be used to block traffic when necessary.

“Our community is better served by the higher level of capabilities that the truck provides, but also by the advanced training that our personnel have undergone,” Prosper Fire Chief Stuart Blasingame said. “Our force is ready to respond with the latest in equipment and the highest level of capability.”

Wet-down and push-in ceremonies at fire stations date back to the 1800s when equipment arrived via horse-drawn conveyance. Prosper Fire Department last held a push-in ceremony in 2016 as part of the dedication ceremony of Fire Station No. 2.