Community celebrates new Chipley fire truck with push-in ceremony

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Firefighters and public officials alike put in physical effort to recognize the Chipley Fire Department’s latest fire truck on Tuesday, May 14.

The CFD now has a 2024 truck, replacing a 1985 truck–an occasion celebrated with a push-in ceremony, in which people in attendance literally helped push the truck into the fire station on Jackson Avenue/Highway 90.

Firefighters and members of the community helped push a new fire truck into the Chipley fire station on Tuesday, May 14. [COLLIN BREAUX | The News]

“It’s not every day we get to do this here in Chipley,” Fire Chief Hunter Aycock said. “I want to thank the (City) Council, City Administrator Patrice Tanner, and Mayor Tracy Andrews for always supporting us and making sure we’ve got everything we need to serve the citizens of our community. These guys take pride in that and it’s awesome to have a piece of equipment like this to be able to do our job.”

Fire Chief Hunter Aycock addresses people gathered for a push-in ceremony celebrating a truck for the Chipley Fire Department on Tuesday, May 14. Firefighters and members of the community pushed the truck into the station. [COLLIN BREAUX | The News]

Andrews, in turn, thanked the CFD–which is a majority volunteer service–and gave additional remarks recognizing the ceremony and firefighters.

“I thank you for your selfless service to this community and surrounding communities,” Andrews said. “We get calls from all over the region and they gladly accept the call and are ready to go out and do what needs to be done. These firefighters are public servants and they willingly and gladly lead with integrity as they protect our property and lives.”

The ceremony was also attended by City Councilmembers Cheryl McCall and Linda McCain, member of Bonifay Fire-Rescue, Planning and Zoning Commissioner Jonathan Kent, and others.