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Push It Back: Sanatoga Plans A ‘Housing’ Sept. 13

Push It Back: Sanatoga Plans A 'Housing' Sept. 13

The Sanatoga Fire Company fleet of emergency response apparatus

SANATOGA PA – A century ago, when fire-fighting equipment was pulled by horses, the steeds excelled at moving straight ahead but had problems backing into firehouse garages where the apparatus was stored. Historian and trainer Jack Sullivan explains that led firefighters to release the horses and push their wagons inside themselves. The work was called “housing.”

Fast-forward to 2014, where the tradition of housing equipment will be observed in a formal ceremony Sept. 13 (Saturday) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Sanatoga Fire Company, 2222 E. High St.

The company will mark the arrival of its newest apparatus, its Squad 58 emergency and rescue vehicle, as well as pay homage to the fur other trucks that make up its fleet. The housing itself, which will involve firefighters and local dignitaries in the big push, is schedule for 10 a.m., but an accompanying open house will continue for another three hours.

Food and beverages will be provided from Woogies BBQ and Wood-Fired Pizzas, Dairy Queen and other vendors. The event will include fire and vehicle rescue demonstrations, as well as other activities for adults and children. It’s free and open to the public.

Photo from Carrie Grzywacz via Facebook

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