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Ucon Fire Department invites elementary students to push in new firetruck

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UCON – The Ucon Fire Department make a slight adjustment to their tradition of pushing new firetrucks into the fire station.

This year, 70 students from Ucon Elementary were invited to the fire station to assist the firefighters in pushing the new firetruck into its new home.

Before the firetruck push, children were able to participate in a Q&A with a City of Ucon police officer, where they asked questions about what it feels like to be tased, what handcuffs feel like, and why stealing is bad.

Ucon Fire Chief Scott Norman explained to the students that the truck used to be pulled to the station by horses, and then pushed into the station by the firemen.

“It’s become tradition when you get a new firetruck, the first time it comes, you push it into the station” said Norman. “This has been tradition since the 1800’s so it’s been forever.”

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Students from Ucon Elementary, with the help of the Ucon firefighter, attempt to push the firetruck. | Photo courtesy of Kaitlyn Hart, East Idaho News.

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Firefighters from the Ucon Fire Department attended the tradition.| Photo courtesy of Kaitlyn Hart, East Idaho News.

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Students wait in line to push the firetruck. | Photo courtesy of Kaitlyn Hart, East Idaho News.

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A police officer from the City of Ucon answers questions from the students. | Photo courtesy of Kaitlyn Hart, East Idaho News.

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The new firetruck, owned by the Ucon Fire Department. | Photo courtesy of Kaitlyn Hart, East Idaho News.

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