Hendersonville Fire Department adds truck to fleet, launches Community Connect

The Hendersonville Fire Department held a “push-in” ceremony Thursday, adding a new truck to its fleet and paying tribute to firefighters of the past.

a group of people standing in front of a building: The Hendersonville Fire Department celebrated their new rig with a Push In ceremony on Thursday, April 22, 2021. (C) Maya Carter/Asheville Citizen Times The Hendersonville Fire Department celebrated their new rig with a Push In ceremony on Thursday, April 22, 2021.

Firefighters in the 1800s used horse-drawn equipment and physically pushed fire engines into the bays after returning from a fire. The department recently purchased a new fire truck, and firefighters pushed it into a bay at Station 2 on Sugarloaf Road. 

Load Error The new truck, named Fire Engine 3, was delivered in March and after the ceremony went into service.

It replaced an older truck that will be kept as a backup. Firefighter safety was a priority in selecting the truck, according to city Communications Manager Allison Justus. “The new engine has clean cab options with hard surfaces that are easier to clean and removable seat covers.

These features help limit the amount of carcinogens the firefighters are exposed to,” she said. The department also recently launched Community Connect, an application provided through First Due focused on protecting residents and their property in the most effective way possible during an incident or major disaster, according to a city news release.

a bus that is parked on the side of a building: The Hendersonville Fire Department celebrated their new rig with a Push In ceremony on Thursday, April 22, 2021. (C) Maya Carter/Asheville Citizen Times The Hendersonville Fire Department celebrated their new rig with a Push In ceremony on Thursday, April 22, 2021.

“There is often critical information that would assist our team when we are dispatched to a call,” Hendersonville Fire Marshal Michael Ostrander said in the release. “By providing information about their household, city of Hendersonville residents can help us know about potential hazards, family member’s mobility needs, or if pets may be in their home. The information they share can save time and help us protect what matters to them most.”  

Community Connect can be used for residences and businesses. It’s suitable for businesses because evacuation procedures, occupant rosters, hazardous material lists and more can be provided ahead of time, the release states. Contact information can be given as well so a designated person at each business can be texted when firefighters are dispatched to their property.

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pL. Ostrander speaks with residents about Community Connect, a new program that Hendersonville residents can use to log information about theirselves and their families for first responders to access. The program was announced at the Hendersonville Fire Department's Push In ceremony for their newest rig on Thursday, April 22, 2021. (C) Maya Carter/Asheville Citizen Times M.

L. Ostrander speaks with residents about Community Connect, a new program that Hendersonville residents can use to log information about theirselves and their families for first responders to access. The program was announced at the Hendersonville Fire Department’s Push In ceremony for their newest rig on Thursday, April 22, 2021.

Information provided in Community Connect is 100% secure and is used only for the purpose of better service during emergency situations, according to the release. 

Community Connect is an additional tool to Smart911, a service used in Henderson County and Hendersonville that allows the public to share information with 911 telecommunicators.

To learn more about Community Connect, and to create your profile, visit www.hendersonvillenc.gov/community-connect

This article originally appeared on Hendersonville Times-News: Hendersonville Fire Department adds truck to fleet, launches Community Connect

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