Macon/Bibb County Fire Department Unveils New State-of-the-Art Engine at Station #11

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The Macon/Bibb County Fire Department unveiled its latest addition, a 2024 Sutphen engine, at Station #11 on Riverside Drive. The department conducted a traditional Push In Ceremony to mark the occasion, expressing gratitude to the community for its support through the Special Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) funds.

Fire Chief Shane Edwards expressed appreciation, stating, “Because of your support of the SPLOST, the tax dollars spent here in Macon-Bibb County, we’re able to make these purchases so that your Fire Department can remain a Class One, top-notch Fire Department in the state of Georgia.”

Funded by SPLOST, the new engine will replace the 1995 model, which will now serve as a reserve apparatus. The 2024 version boasts advanced features, including an American flag grill similar to the engine acquired in 2022.

The Push In Ceremony, a tradition dating back to the 1800s, signifies the integration of the new vehicle into service. Firefighters at Station 11 transferred water from the outgoing truck to the new one before ceremonially pushing it into the station.