Some in­ter­est­ing facts:

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• some bunker gear is more than two decades old; • the depart­ment’s first ve­hi­cle was a state-of-the-art 1974 GMC Pumper truck; • the group is al­ways a top fire depart­ment fundraiser at the Trin­ity Con­cep­tion Pla­cen­tia health foun­da­tion telethon; • the crew re­cently re­ceived a do­na­tion of a bunker suit cost­ing some $1,500 from the town’s spe­cial events com­mit­tee; • a stu­dent who used to pull the fire alarm on the last day of classes at Holy Re­deemer ev­ery year be­came a fire­fighter; • two mem­bers re­ceived 20-year recog­ni­tion medals this year — Martin Sey­mour and Granville New­man; • the depart­ment or­ga­nizes the an­nual Christ­mas pa­rade, but also brings the fire trucks out on Christ­mas Eve to help Santa make his trip safely.

Rick Roberts is a 35-year vet­eran fire­fighter and a found­ing mem­ber of the depart­ment in 1974.

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