WESTWOOD, N.J. -- The Westwood Volunteer Fire Department, preparing to celebrate the arrival of a new piece of apparatus, has formed a “wetdown” committee, fire officials said this week.
The date and location of the baptism of Westwood’s new brand-new truck have yet to be set.
According to Wikipedia, a “wetdown” is a ritual in which firefighters from neighboring towns “commission” the shiny new apparatus by anointing it with water.
In a typical “wetdown” ceremony, the company appears in dress uniform while the fire chief and other officials make short speeches and a chaplain blesses the equipment.
Then the senior member cracks a bottle of the bubbly over the truck and a party for attendees commences.
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