On 3-7-2020 Harris Hill joined our Clarence and Town Line Fire Department friends for a joint training drill at the Town Line training facility on Broadway. We started out at 0810 hrs with the temp. around 21 degrees, the day was sunny and barely warmed to around 32 degrees. a 5" line was laid in from a hydrant on Broadway to Clarences' pumper and hand lines were deployed to the tower along with feeding the standpipe connection, Town Lines Ariel also had hand lines deployed for evolutions on the "3-4 side. A total of 7 firefighters from HHVFC received a chance of a lifetime to train at this great facility. after, we went back to Clarence Fire Department and had a critique of the days events. we finished up around 1340 hrs a 5.5 hour drill when all said and done. Thanks again Clarence and Town Line Fire Departments.
The History of the Harris Hill Volunteer Fire Company
The formation of a volunteer fire company at Harris Hill was underway in October of 1936 with twenty-three men signifying their intention of becoming charter members.
The Harris Hill Volunteer Fire company would be incorporated on January 7th, 1937, with John H. Farrell acting as President and Chief to fifty brand new firefighters. The bi-monthly meetings were held at various members homes, the school basement, or The Rose Garden on Wehrle Dr. They battled fires with one truck and didn’t even have an established district until 1939. Some of their first equipment included a dozen rubber coats and boots they purchased for $10.50.
To raise operating funds, the new fire company held "Smoker Parties" every few months. The first Monte Carlo party required an outlay of $209.55 and returned $210.85. An annual picnic and carnival was held on Saturday July 20th, 1940. The affair was open to the public and attracted hundreds. The signing of a Fire Protection contract with the Town of Clarence in 1941 eased financial worries. The Town of Clarence paid 1/10th of the assessed valuation of all homes in the district. At the time of signing, it came to about $550.00.
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