Mayor Tony Kennon and the Orange Beach City Council joined Fire Chief Mike Kimmerling and the Orange Beach Fire Department on Tuesday, September 17th for an official blessing and push-in ceremony for the city’s two new fire trucks - Engine 1 and Engine 2.
Chief Kimmerling and Mayor Kennon spoke briefly to open the ceremony, followed by a blessing led by Pastor Fred Franks. A group of firefighters then pushed the engines into Fire Station No. 1 - a tradition Chief Kimmerling said dates back to when apparatus were pulled by horses.
“I just want to say thank you, thank you, thank you to our mayor and council,” Chief Kimmerling said. “They actually take public safety extremely serious here. They care about what goes on in our community from a public safety standpoint, not only for the citizens but for the safety of our responders.”
The city purchased the two fire engines from local vendor Emergency Equipment Professionals, and Pierce Manufacturing built the engines in Appleton, Wisconsin. The two engines cost approximately $1.2 million, plus equipment.
Mayor Kennon said the city’s investment in the new engines, which followed the city recent purchase of two ambulances, shows the City Council’s unwavering dedication to public safety.
“You guys do things that a lot of people don’t want to do,” Mayor Kennon said. “You run into burning buildings, you run into 10-foot seas to save people. We appreciate y’all more than you know … The least we can do is provide you with what you need to do your job and do it at the highest level. And I don’t think this council would hesitate at anytime or any place to give you guys what you need. Thank you.”
City Administrator Ken Grimes said he’s proud of the mayor and council for supporting all of the city’s needs with fire department and all others who make a difference in people’s lives daily.
“‘Life is Better Here’ and this is a reason why,” he said.