North Penn Fire Com­pany plan­ning 125th an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tion

North Penn Life - - News - By Bradley Sch­legel bschlegel@jour­nal­reg­is­ter. com

The North Penn Vol­un­teer Fire Com­pany is plan­ning to cel­e­brate its 125th an­niver­sary next year.

Four ma­jor events for 2013 are in the works, ac­cord­ing to Ge­orge Slater, a life­time mem­ber of the com­pany and a mem­ber of its 125th an­niver­sary plan­ning com­mit­tee.

“It’s quite a mile­stone,” Slater said. “We want [peo­ple] to know we have been around here a long time and that they can de­pend on us.”

The North Penn Hose Com­pany No. 1 de­buted Dec. 11, 1888, af­ter two PDMoU fiUHV Ln WKH boUouJK, ac­cord­ing to Slater.

He said the blazes, which oc­curred within the four pre­vi­ous days, nearly de­stroyed the bor­ough’s busi­ness dis­trict.

The or­ga­ni­za­tion — which started with 20 mem­bers — in­cor­po­rated and adopted its cur­rent name in late 1929 or early 1930, ac­cord­ing to Slater.

Chris­tine Hart, the vice pres­i­dent of North Wales Bor­ough Coun­cil and a mem­ber of the com­pany’s plan­ning com­mit­tee, asked for the mu­nic­i­pal­ity to sup­port the fes­tiv­i­ties.

“I’m ask­ing for bor­ough sup­port,” Hart said dur­ing an Aug. 14 pub­lic meet­ing. “We as a coun­cil and the community need to step up.”

Hart sug­gested that the HOHFWHG oI­fiFLDOV SUoPoWH WKH events, as well as look into SuUFKDVLnJ HLJKW Wo 10 flDJV com­mem­o­rat­ing the mile­stone.

The cel­e­bra­tion of 125 yHDUV oI oUJDnL]HG fiUH VHUvice will have its grand kick­off at the com­pany’s an­nual banquet in Fe­bru­ary, ac­cord­ing to Slater.

He said the com­mit­tee — which has been meet­ing for a few months — has ten­ta­tively pro­posed host­ing a fam­ily friendly block party, a 5K run, an an­tique fire truck/ ap­pa­ra­tus show as well as host­ing the an­nual Fifth Dis­trict Wa­ter Bat­tle.

The depart­ment has ex­pressed a de­sire to hold one of these events quar­terly in 2013, ac­cord­ing to Hart.

The com­mit­tee will have an idea of the cost of its pro­pos­als af­ter its Septem­ber meet­ing, ac­cord­ing to Slater.

HH VDLG WKH fiUH FoPSDny is pre­pared to ramp up its fundrais­ing to make them hap­pen.

“We’re look­ing at sell­ing some stan­dard items, like mugs, hats and T-shirts,” Slater said.

He wel­comed con­tri­bu­tions from the community.

“If some­body wants to do­nate money or time, I’m not pre­pared to turn them down,” Slater said. “I’d like the community to get be­hind us.”

For more in­for­ma­tion on the 125th an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tion, visit www.northSHn­n­fiUH.FoP.

Photo by MARK C. PSORAS

Life­time mem­ber Ge­orge Slater stands at the North Penn Vol­un­teer Fire Com­pany. The fire com­pany will cel­e­brate its 125th year in 2013.

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