ROSELAND, NJ - The Roseland Volunteer Fire Department held a traditional “wetdown” at its 300 Eagle Rock Ave. facility on Saturday to celebrate the arrival of a new rescue engine. A wetdown is a fire department tradition in which a new vehicle is christened by being sprayed with water as a sign of good luck.
From 3 to 10 p.m.on Saturday, residents and other fire departments from the area came to participate in the day’s festivities. Food and drinks were served and music was played. Other departments present included Fairfield, Essex Fells, Caldwell, Parsippany and Pequannock.
“It was a lot of fun to be able to participate in the wetdown,” resident Frank Firavanti said. “It’s a really cool way to connect residents with the fire department. There was a great communal feeling.”
Resident Ryan Logan agreed: “You get to see old friends, meet new people, spray a fire truck with a huge hose. What’s not to like?”