CONYERS — Rockdale County Fire-Rescue held a special “swearing in” ceremony for two new 2019 fire trucks Wednesday morning, replacing two fire engines that had been in use since 1988.

“These are very complicated machines but all share a very simple goal,” RCFR Chief Dan Morgan said. “There are here to protect Rockdale County. They will be driven and operated by the skilled and dedicated men and women of Rockdale Fire. They are our primary units that are dispatched on every type of emergency call.”

Rockdale Commission Chairman Oz Nesbitt, Commissioner Doreen Williams, SPLOST committee member Bill Huey, the RCFR recruits and other fire officials were in attendance.

“We are blessed to have some of the best (firefighters and officials) in the country and definitely best in the state,” said Hughey.

To conclude the community celebration and to put the trucks immediately into service, they were given a “wash down” to symbolize the beginning of their career.

“The fire service has many traditions,” said Morgan. “Many of them involve the vehicles we use to protect the community. Today’s dedication of these new apparatuses will use water, the substance that firefighters have used for centuries to combat fire.”

After the two new pumpers completed the washing ceremony, campers from the Johnson Park Summer Camp were invited to splash around and enjoy the water, too.

Engines No. 2 and No. 3 were paid for by local SPLOST and capital funds.

“Our county and its citizens have continuously showed commitment in order to support the needs for public safety now and for the future,” Morgan said.

Covington native and proud Valdosta State alumna, Hunter has previously worked with The Covington News and Valdosta Daily Times. She started working for Rockdale/Newton Citizen in June 2018.

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