Lake Valley Celebrates New Engine Arrival With “Wet” Ceremony | South of Lake Tahoe
MEYERS, Calif. — The Lake Valley Fire Protection District (LVFPD) marked the arrival of its new engine with a traditional wetting ceremony Monday in front of family, friends and the community.
The tradition of an anchor dates back to the late 1800s when firefighters used horses to pull a fire apparatus towards the fires. After fighting the fire, the crews washed and prepared the horses and gear for the next call, then they pushed the gear into the station bay.
To recreate the historic process, LVFPD personnel used water from their retired engine to spray the new engine. They were later joined by people from the community who helped dry it out. The engine was then pushed into its bay at station 7.
It had been 11 years since any of the devices in the LVFPD had been replaced, and Engine 7 had been in service for 25 years, well within its life cycle. The Rosenbauer Commander 2022 aircraft will not be the only new member of its fleet. They are waiting for a new platoon truck and another device like the one unveiled on Monday. The new #7 engine cost about $800,000, with much of the funding coming from El Dorado County and the Tourist Occupancy Tax (TOT). Costs are rising and the next engine will cost around 20% more, with a price tag of around $1 million. Supervisor Sue Novasel took a stand with the other supervisors since the county had collected more TOTs than expected during COVID and needed to deal with the impacts of the Caldor Fire. The council voted to return more TOTs to the Lake Tahoe Basin for uses such as new fire equipment.
The LVFPD has 22 firefighters and four chiefs. They were on hand to show off the new engine, an engine that will be easier to use, safer to use and of great benefit to the community while in service. Its 600 hp engine will allow the device to climb the slope and the hills to the house and to the rest of its service areas between Meyers and Twin Bridges.
Dispatch played a part in the day’s activities. They made a “tone out”, thanking LVFPD for 75 years of service and welcoming in the new engine.
“Happy 75th Lake Valley!” they closed the call.