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The Kannapolis Fire Department would like to thank everyone who attended the Fire Prevention Festival and Fire Truck Parade over the weekend.

While everyone had a great time, participants also received important safety and health awareness information from dozens of non-profits representatives.

As part of the event 22 children’s car seats were checked by Cabarrus County Safe Kids, and 24 units of blood were donated to the Community Blood Center of the Carolinas.

During the festival everyone attending was also able to participate in a traditional “washdown” ceremony for the City’s newest engine – Engine 31. The new engine is assigned to Fire Station 3. The washdown ceremony involves firefighters wetting down the new truck with water from a fire hose, and then everyone dries off the new truck. This tradition began in the late 1880s when horses pulled pumpers to the scene of fires. When the horses were returned to the station, they and the pumpers were backed into the station and washed down and readied for the next emergency.