Wise Avenue VFC to celebrate 75 years of service
The Wise Avenue Volunteer Fire Company will mark its 75th anniversary in grand style with a parade and celebration event on Oct. 7.
The company, which serves much of Greater Dundalk and surrounding communities, was formed on Feb. 22, 1942, during a meeting of local air raid wardens in the communities of Rosewald Beach and Inverness.. As it was World War II, the threat of enemy air strikes was foremost in people’s minds, and a number of new fire companies were formed during this era.
The company filled a geographic need. The next closest stations were Dundalk Fire Station 6 in Old Dundalk and the North Point-Edgemere Volunteer Fire Department (which celebrated its 80th anniversary last year) in Edgemere.
The company started small, with 25 members and no fire equipment. After a year, the company received a skid-mounted trailer pump from Civil Defense. Later, the company would purchase a 1937 Studebaker truck on which to mount the pump, making it the company’s fire motorized equipment.
In June 1943, the Wise Avenue Volunteer Fire Company acquired the land at its current location, 214 Wise Ave., for $466.88. Using a metal garage at first, the company would open a permanent building at the site.
In the years that followed, the company would continue to grow, securing new members and more — and better — equipment. The building was expanded to include a hall and hose tower in 1971.
Today, the Wise Avenue Volunteer Fire Company employs two engines, an ambulance, a brush truck and a utility truck in its efforts to keep the commu- nity safe.
Its annual Christmas train garden, large and intricately detailed, has delighted thousands of visitors each season for more than 35 years.
In recognition of its 75th anniversary, members of the Wise Avenue Volunteer Fire Company have been celebrating with a series of events, including a flea market in August and a banquet for members and their families in September.
The largest celebration, however, will be held this weekend.
On Saturday, Oct. 7, at 9 a.m. a parade will kick off from Wise Avenue and Grays Road, traveling down Wise Avenue to Church Road, where the celebration will culminate in apparatus displays, demonstrations, a flea market and other festiv- ities on the grounds of the North Point Government Center at Wise Avenue and Merritt Boulevard.
Parade participants will line up on Grays Road at 8 a.m. Events at the Government Center will continue until 3 p.m.
For more information, or to participate in the parade, contact Jeff at 410-284-2469 or email@example.com.
For additional information on the Wise Avenue Volunteer Fire Company, visit www.wavfc.com.
The Wise Avenue Volunteers displayed some vintage equipment during this year’s July 4th parade.
A model of the Wise Avenue Volunteer Fire Company graces the company’s annual Christmas train garden.