Published on: March 7th, 2014
A 1941 fire truck is the centerpiece of the Dollywood theme park’s new roller coaster.
The rollercoaster opens at the end of March but a special decidication ceremony will be held on International Firefighters Day, May 4, to welcome the truck, a fire hose, and to honor firefighters, TimesNews.net reported.
FireChaser Express celebrates the volunteer-based fire departments of the 1940s who protected the neighboring Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Coaster passengers are volunteer recruits needed to help Chief Pete Embers spot any potential fire hazards in the area. They are especially mindful of recent lightning in the area and Crazy Charlie Cherriebaum’s Gas & Fireworks Emporium. Recruits never know when they might be called to save the day.
Once the five-bell alarm sounds in Station 7, it’s go time in Dollywood’s Wilderness Pass as FireChaser Express launches from the station and careens through fire towers and the mountainside amid crashed rockets, a destroyed fireworks storage shed, fallen telephone poles with “rocket darts” and other charred remnants that litter the coaster’s path.
The fire hose has been traveling through Tennessee to collect firefighter signatures.