Put it in neutral

As part of a longstanding tradition, firefighters push in a new fire truck at the Coastside Fire Protection District Headquarters in Half Moon Bay on Monday. Anna Hoch-Kenney / Review

Even in a modern fire station, some old habits seem to never go up in smoke. On Monday morning in the Coastside Fire Protection District headquarters in Half Moon Bay, the district unveiled two state-of-the-art fire engines in a way that would have seemed familiar to firefighters in the 1800s. 

With some help from the driver, staff heaved the 48,000-pound red vehicles backward into the station bay, harkening back to when firefighters had to detach horses from their wooden carriages when they returned to the station. Tradition aside, district staff is excited about the fresh engines and says the fleet should serve the region for the next two decades. 

August Howell is a staff writer for the Review covering city government and public safety. Previously, he was the Review’s community, arts and sports reporter. He studied journalism at the University of Oregon.

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