The Franklin Fire Department hosted an open house and truck dedication ceremony Saturday at Station Two on Murfreesboro Road.
The ceremony included an apparatus dedication of the department’s four new specialized trucks that will be housed at several stations around Franklin.
Many children, parents and firefighters participated in the ceremonial push in. Attendees then got the chance to participate in cleaning the trucks with sponges, while city and fire officials did a ceremonial “wet down” of the new equipment.
The four new specialized trucks cost approximately $3 million. They include a tower truck, technical rescue, hazmat and heavy rescue, all added to the department’s fleet over the past year.
“There’s over $3 million right here in front of you,” Franklin City Administrator Eric Stuckey said during the ceremony. “That’s a huge investment, and that tells you that one of the most important things, if not the most important thing we do, is keep our community safe.”
Some of the individual operators and truck engineers shared unique features and specific purposes each truck serves.
“These are your trucks, we’re just entrusted to take care of them for you,” Franklin Fire Chief Rocky Garzarek said.
Garzarek was grateful for supportive city aldermen and Franklin Mayor Ken Moore, who was also in attendance.
“This is such an important thing for our city to have a safe community,” Moore said.