In celebration of the new replacement fire truck for Engine 3 on Miami Beach, attendees were encouraged to participate in the customary tradition of transferring water from “old to new” during the 45 minute ceremony. In the fire service, the act of transferring water represents life, as well as always being ready to protect. Once the water has been transferred from the old truck, the new engine’s sirens will sound. On Friday, June 6, the 10:30 a.m. ceremony included the housing ritual which dates back to the 1800s when horses were used to pull fire engines. The neighborhood would assist with pushing the engine backward since the horses were ineffective at doing so.
The new replacement fire truck for Engine 3 was acquired on May 1, 2014. The fire engine was manufactured by Pierce and features a 1500 gallon per minute water pump, a 500 HP Cummins engine, a Husky 12 Foam system, a 720-gallon water tank and a 30-gallon foam tank. The new truck will be housed at Fire Station 3, 5303 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach permanently.