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Chad Holland, left, and his son Logan, 5, from Angier, aim the hose Saturday morning during a ceremony to dedicate a new fire truck for Morehead City. (Helen Outland photo)

MOREHEAD CITY — A new fire truck came home Saturday to Morehead City Station 1 on Bridges Street during a formal “wetdown” ceremony that also included the promotion of four department members.

“This is a very special day for us,” said City Fire Chief Jamie Fulk. “We will have new leadership and new apparatus.”

The wetdown ceremony is a tradition where new fire apparatus is commissioned by anointing it with water sprayed from firefighting equipment.

Chief Fulk said the new truck, a Pierce Velocity FR, came with a lot of effort by many people. He thanked those who helped design the truck and city officials for making it possible. The truck, paid for by tax dollars, cost $547,000.

Morehead City Mayor Jerry Jones, a 21-year veteran of the fire department, said it is always an honor for him to see firefighters get the equipment they need.

“This fire department was started 107 years ago by commitment-minded citizens,” he said. “They had no equipment, no station, no training and no money, but they had passion. Just as we see here today, that passion and commitment still prevail.”

According to Chad Holland, regional account manager for Pierce, the new fire truck is the first of its kind in the area.

“The truck is a Pierce Ultimate Configuration, the first one ever made with a forward roof,” he said. “This will be a little bit of history for Morehead City.”

The truck can seat six firefighters, already in full gear including tanks. It is also the first in the area designated a pump and roll truck. A turret mounted to the front bumper of the truck will spray water while the truck is in motion. Air bags line the cab of the truck and an independent front suspension allows for greater maneuverability.

Before the formal “wet down” ceremony, Chief Fulk and Capt. Jack Manley promoted four department members to new ranks. Capt. Manley pointed out the Fire Department responded to 3,000 calls in 2012 that included, but were not limited to, fires, medical responses or vehicle accidents.

“These men and women aspire to be the best,” he said. “But, they also accept the reality of the risks.”

As he called each name, family members came forward to pin the recipients with their new rank badges.

Firefighter/Paramedic Kelly Urban was promoted to EMS Coordinator. Firefighter EMTs Brandon Doshier, Edward “Ned” Willet and Joshua Hassell were all promoted to lieutenant.

The ceremony concluded with the traditional dispatch call of the new truck to the station and the wetdown.

At 10:30 a. m. the new truck was dispatched to the station by E911 dispatcher Ed Wallace. With lights and sirens blaring, the truck rolled into the station parking lot where trucks and firefighters from Atlantic Beach along with citizens participated in wetting down the truck.

Assistant Fire Chief/Fire Marshal Dykeman Bailey blessed the new truck.

 “And may the truck and crew never be placed in harms way,” he prayed.

Contact Helen Outland at 252-726-7081, ext. 211; email helen@thenewstimes.com; or follow on Twitter@helenccnt.

(6) comments

Drime

Morehead has a great Fire and EMS dept. Morehead City Taxpayers pay for most of the cost which is only fair. But it bothers me as a city taxpayer, that the County reduced the funds supplied by the county "AKA Fire and EMS Tax in the ETJ", but they still get the same service . Could it be because Commissioners Frank and Lewis live in this district that the tax rate was reduced in ??? The county needs to step up to the plate on this one . City residents pay county and city taxes. This is not fair to city taxpayers. Because the county did not pay their fair share for services provided by the city, the cities tax rate had to raise 2.5 cents to off set lack of funds from the county.

Osprey

Drime- Fire & EMS tax rates are based on Department budgets. MHC Fire & Rescue is doing a good job on budget/spending. MHC tax increase most likely has to do with City Gov. over spending on other wants, needs & special interest projects.

Drime

Osprey , Well I guess those in charge of the city told me a big story then. I asked city officials when I first had knowledge of the counties decrease in taxes. The cities response was they asked for more taxes not less .Check with the City Manager or any of the Commissioners and get their response, I have. But then again they will tell you just enough so maybe you will forget about it. WHO IS TELLING THE TRUTH , the city or the county? I agree Osprey to much spending on wants but not needs!!

Drime

Osprey if you can get your hands on Junes County Commissioners Meeting on TV you will see that the it was said the City Manager and Mayor had been contacted with and agreed with a 2.5 cents decrease in taxes in the ETJ. That is what got my attention on this tax issue.

Osprey

So I guess it depends on which side of the mouth you listen to. We all know its politics as usual around here. Whoever provides the best free lunch will draw the biggest crowd.

Sandy Shoes

Captain Manley is Deputy Chief Manley since sometime last year.

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