Shoemakersville Fire Company opened its doors to the community this past Saturday, May 10, for their first open house in approximately five years.
The community was able to see the various trucks belonging to the department as well as meet the firefighters that are on call if needed.
“We threw the idea around in one of our officer meetings a few months ago. We knew it had been awhile since we had one. Also, we had different equipment and new trucks since the last one,” said David Rubright, Lieutenant at Shoemakersville Fire Company No. 1. “So we figured we would hold an open house to let the community come down and see what we have and what we do to help them.”
Along with the fire trucks and firefighters, there was a MedEvac helicopter, demonstrations, Berks County Sheriffs Child ID Program, a smoke trailer, ice cream truck, refreshments, information and even a flower sale happening at the same time. Inside the opened fire house were tables lined with various information including posters describing how the firefighters help the community, information about the trucks, prices of equipment on the trucks, a list of officers at the fire department and a display of the new pet oxygen masks including pictures from when they were used on recent calls. There were also activities for the kids such as the Berks County Sheriff’s Child ID Program, gifts and other goodies like plastic fire helmets, MedEvac helicopter on site, the trucks including the newest addition a 2010 Heavy Rescue and demonstrations. The children were also able to spray a fire hose.
“We feel it’s important for the community to know what we do and what we have to assist them where there is an emergency and they feel safe knowing we will be there when they call 911,” said Rubright. “The event let us connect with the citizens and they could give us feedback if they had questions or comments they wanted to share.”
Along with the activities and information was a smoke trailer, ice cream truck, light refreshments and a flower sale on site.
“We thought it went very well,” said Rubright. “There was a good constant flow of people the whole time and we’re already looking to hold one in 2015.”
At this time, no official date has been set for the next open house.
“A big ‘Thank You’ to everyone that came out today and everyone that helped out. It was a great day,” said Rubright on the event’s Facebook page.
For more information on Shoemakersville Fire Company and upcoming events visit http://www.shoeyfire.com/.
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