Holbrook FD Welcomes Jupiter Truck 27 to the Fleet with Special Dedication
By JOHN WALTHERS, Senior Correspondent | August 29, 2021 | NEW YORK
Story No. 090521103
Photo by John Walthers- Suffolk Fire PhotosHolbrook FD Jupiter Truck 27 (3-15-27), a 2021 Seagrave Marauder 95-ft. Aerialscope, gets wet down to welcome it to the fleet.
Photo by John Walthers- Suffolk Fire PhotosThe Holbrook FD holds a ceremony to welcome Jupiter Truck 27 to the fleet.
Photo by John Walthers- Suffolk Fire PhotosAwards are presented to key members who assisted on the project.
Photo by John Walthers- Suffolk Fire PhotosThe traditional champagne bottle is broken over Jupiter Truck 27's bumper.
Photo by John Walthers- Suffolk Fire PhotosJupiter Truck 27 gets a ceremonial bath from other apparatus at its recent wetdown.
Photo by John Walthers- Suffolk Fire PhotosJupiter Truck Company members in front of the rig.
Photo by John Walthers- Suffolk Fire PhotosMembers of Holbrook FD in front of Jupiter Truck 27 after the blessing of the rig.
Photo by John Walthers- Suffolk Fire PhotosMembers of the Schrang Family hold up the turnout coat with Ex-Chief Schrang's name and the ID 3-15-10 that will be hung on the wall of the apparatus bay.
HOLBROOK, NY – On Sunday, August 29th, the Holbrook Fire Department held a wet-down celebration for their new ladder truck. The truck, identified as 3-15-27 aka Jupiter Truck 27, is a 2021 Seagrave Marauder 95-ft. Aerialscope. 27 Truck was officially delivered earlier in the year in May, however the department held off on the christening and wet-down until large gatherings were officially allowed. The truck replaced former Jupiter Truck 10 (3-15-10).
The ceremony was attended by local fire departments, departments from other parts of Suffolk that members and officers of Jupiter truck used to be in, local politicians, photographers and dignitaries.
Jupiter Truck 27 is dedicated in memory of Ex-Chief Gerard P. Schrang, who in addition to being a member of Jupiter truck company at Holbrook FD, was also a member of the FDNY. Schrang perished on 9/11. At the ceremony it was announced that the truck company's previous identifier 3-15-10 was officially retired. To commemorate this, a turnout jacket with Schrang’s name and the identifier 3-15-10 with the retired status was taken out of the truck and presented to the department for use in the truck bay of HQ. Ex-Chief Shrang’s family was present and called up to the front for this special moment.
The truck then received its ceremonial champagne blessing from the company's senior man, Firefighter June. After the champagne blessing the truck received a ceremonial watering from all the fire trucks that were present to officially welcome it to the fleet.
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