Firefighters were busy this week, here’s a look at what we had going on:
Monday our members started off with training on vehicle extrication including deploying our Paratech struts. 2 hours of good training for new and seasoned members on a couple of different donated vehicles.
Tuesday we joined surrounding fire companies in participating in the Annual Old Home Days Parade. Our crews on Engine 2 and Antique #10 handed candy out to the kids along the parade route.
Wednesday, it was back to training this time with neighboring Clarence Center VFC. The evening was spent going over commercial box store construction, HVAC units and aerial ladders.
Tonight we will have a little fun spent with our neighboring fire department Main Transit, watching their Slo Pokes tournament team compete. Good luck to the Main Transit team, including firefighter Hess and Lieutenant Metzger who are two of our own members currently participating on the team.
Members participated in all of these activities while continuing to juggle their personal lives, spending time with family and answering medical/fire calls in our community.
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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