Hose Reel Rededication

September 6, 2015 Events  No comments

11781864_1173095112716339_551633557609003935_nIn May of 2013, Frosburg native and good friend of the FFD, Bob Lemmert contacted our archives POC and informed him that a friend of his was in possession of one of the first pieces of firefighting equipment the FFD ever owned. A “Hand-Drawn” hose reel (circa 1880). One of seven reels housed in one of the four fire houses located throughout the town, was found in pieces in a barn in Salisbury, PA. After more than two years of painstaking restoration efforts, the owner and his family are donating it back to the FFD.

Additionally, a 1000 lb brass bell (circa 1887) which was removed from Station 1’s bell tower and sent back to the original bell foundry in Baltimore, has been returned fully refurbished.

To coincide with the kick off to fire prevention week/month, we are planning a rededication ceremony to welcome both pieces home. The event is set for Saturday, October 3, 2015. Details are included in the attached flyer but it will include a parade of vintage-only fire apparatus lead by a contingent from the District of Columbia Fire Department bagpipers/drummers.

A short dedication ceremony to acknowledge guests, dignitaries, former members, and spouses/offspring of deceased members will be held, followed by and an open house complete with safety trailer and fire prevention/safety items.

We’re also inviting the 11 original departments who along with Frostburg started the Maryland State Firemen’s Association (MSFA) in 1893 as well as departments from around the state and region.

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