Firefighters gather at ‘wet-down’ to display new Shelton fire trucks

Helping with the hot dog duties at the Shelton Fire Department’s “wet-down” to display two new fire trucks on Saturday are White Hills Fire Company members, from left, Paul Hays, Tony DeSarli and Wayne Rogers. (Photos by Brad Durrell)

Hays, a volunteer firefighter for 27 years, said the fire company’s new aerial ladder truck “gives us more capability.”

Visitors were able to check out two new aerial ladder trucks — Ladder 51 from the White Hills Fire Company, and Ladder 47 from Pine Rock Park Fire Company.

A large American flag hung from the ladders on the two trucks, parked in front of the White Hills Fire Station on School Street.

The trucks were purchased by the city of Shelton after being approved by voters in a referendum.

The event allowed people to look at, and learn about, the two new fire vehicles and to talk with volunteer firefighters from Shelton. It attracted people from as far away as New Jersey, many of them volunteer firefighters from other towns.

There also was food and horseshoes. T-shirts commemorating the two new trucks were available for purchase. The event also was viewed as a recruitment opportunity, with local visitors learning about the work done by Shelton’s volunteer firefighters.

Shelton has the largest volunteer fire department in the state of Connecticut, with four companies — Echo Hose, Huntington, Pine Rock Park and White Hills.

Look for more photos from the Shelton wet-down in the coming days on this website.