Submitted by DAVID M. PRYZBYSZ, Assistant Chief

It seems like we were waiting all year for summer to start and just like that, we are already in the midst of it!

In May, we saw temperatures in the forties with snow while June brought extreme heat and near drought conditions, so who knows what the rest of the summer will bring.

Back on May 7th, we were hoping for nice weather for our first annual Spring Golf Outing held at the Blackhawk Golf Course. Unfortunately, Mother Nature had other plans as it was cool and damp. At least the rain cleared out just in time for Tee-off. We had over 15 teams and several different golf games and challenges throughout the course. It was a successful outing, so we are looking forward to an even bigger and better event next year.

As always, it is important to us that we stay connected to our community. 

So many of you came out and supported us every Friday during Lent as we bussed tables and helped serve at JKells Front Door Tavern. It was such a unique opportunity for us, and our members had a great time. The staff and patrons were so supportive that it hardly seemed like work.

The Highland VFW also invited us down on the last Friday in June as part of a community outreach. Our members were asked to do some guest bartending and take advantage of yet another venue in which we could interact with our residents in a non-emergency situation.

The summer carnival is back this July starting on Monday the 17th and running through Saturday the 22nd.

Our fireman’s parade will start promptly at 6 p.m. on Wednesday the 19th and of course, we will end the week with one of the best local fireworks shows on Saturday evening.

Also, new for this year, we entered into a joint venture with the Beaver Falls Fire Department on a Sportsman Bash to be held on August 12th. We are extremely excited for this first-time event! There will be plenty of food, beverages, and chances to win for all those that attend.

So, as you can see, we have plenty to keep us busy.

Of course, with so much going on, a few extra members would never hurt. 

If you’re looking for a distinctive way to give back to your community, aren’t afraid of a little hard work, have a strong sense of commitment and some extra time on your hands, consider applying. If firefighting doesn’t interest you, maybe you have a different skill set to offer. 

Consider joining our Fire Police Unit.

Closing roads and directing traffic or otherwise securing our emergency scenes is truly a lifesaving entity that allows our firefighters to concentrate on the task at hand, knowing someone is watching their back.

Our social membership helps with our community and fundraising activities. 

In addition, there are always things around the fire house that need cleaning, repair, or maintenance.

While we take pride in our trucks, our equipment, and our station, there is always something that needs done that we just don’t have the time to do.

So, if you think you have something to offer or would like to find out a little bit more about what we do, please reach out to us. We have some sort of department activity nearly every Tuesday evening and we’d love to hear from you.

In a final note, we’d like to wish everyone a very happy and enjoyable summer. We look forward to seeing you out and about!

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