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97th AMW Fire Department “houses” new fire truck

Airmen “house” a new fire truck, April 26, 2021, at Altus Air Force Base, Oklahoma. The “housing” tradition stems from the 1830s when fire companies used horse-drawn fire carts that could not be backed into the fire house, causing firemen and local community members to manually push the fire cart into the fire house. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Amanda Lovelace)

Airmen “house” a new fire truck, April 26, 2021, at Altus Air Force Base, Oklahoma. The “housing” tradition stems from the 1830s when fire companies used horse-drawn fire carts that could not be backed into the fire house, causing firemen and local community members to manually push the fire cart into the fire house. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Amanda Lovelace)

Capt. Ladron Thomas, 97th Air Mobility Wing chaplain, prays over Airmen, April 26, 2021, at Altus Air Force Base, Oklahoma. Following tradition, Thomas blessed the firefighters who would operate the truck, emphasizing the truck's ability to assist them while doing their job. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Amanda Lovelace)

Capt. Ladron Thomas, 97th Air Mobility Wing chaplain, prays over Airmen and new fire truck, April 26, 2021, at Altus Air Force Base, Oklahoma. Following tradition, Thomas blessed the firefighters who would operate the truck, emphasizing the truck's ability to assist them while doing their job. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Amanda Lovelace)

A new fire truck sits outside the base fire station, April 26, 2021, at Altus Air Force Base, Oklahoma. The new fire truck can reach speeds up to 85 miles per hour. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Amanda Lovelace)

A new fire truck sits outside the base fire station, April 26, 2021, at Altus Air Force Base, Oklahoma. The new fire truck can reach speeds up to 85 miles per hour. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Amanda Lovelace)

Airmen watch as the new base fire truck sprays water, April 26, 2021, at Altus Air Force Base, Oklahoma. The fire truck can hold up to 3,000 pounds of water. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Amanda Lovelace)

Airmen watch as the new base fire truck sprays water, April 26, 2021, at Altus Air Force Base, Oklahoma. The fire truck can hold up to 3,000 pounds of water. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Amanda Lovelace)

ALTUS AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. -- Airmen “house” a new fire truck, April 26, 2021, at Altus Air Force Base, Oklahoma. The “housing” tradition stems from the 1830s when fire companies used horse-drawn fire carts that could not be backed into the fire house, causing firemen and local community members to manually push the fire cart into the fire house. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Amanda Lovelace)

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