Cortland Fire Department gets brand new fire truck
The Cortland Fire Department has a brand new fire truck to help serve the community.
Firefighters held a 'push-in ceremony' Friday night for the new engine.
The 'push-in' is a tradition where a fire department pushes new equipment back into the garage, an ode to the horse-drawn fire trucks in the 1800s where after a call, firefighters would have to manually push the truck back into the garage.
Cortland Fire Chief David Rea said this day has been a long time in the making.
"They said it was going to be here in about 16 to 18 months, but with delays in the supply chain, it was two years almost to the day we signed the contract," Chief Rea said.
The new truck came along with brand-new jaws of life and other equipment.
Rea said it's a welcome upgrade as Cortland's current fire engine is nearly 30 years old.