There are few better feelings in a firefighter's career than when you get new equipment either issued to you or to your truck, or get a brand new apparatus for your station.
Right away, become familiar with the operation and function for the new gear/equipment. It is absolutely necessary to know every button, horn, whistle. In other words, you get to know it intimately. When you arrive at the scene of an emergency, it does not look good in the public's eyes if you are fumbling around trying to figure out how to get it to work.