Sunday, April 27, 2008

It's Move Day for SFD.

Today under gray skys and a steady light drizzle the Salisbury Fir Department prepared to move it's operations to the new Station 16 on Cypress St. With a prayer and words of encouragement from the Department Chaplin, Roger Kondrup, and with the entire Company at attention the Colors were retired from the flagstaff they were so proudly displayed on. Captain John "Bunky" Adams and Assistant Chief Dru Bragg lower the flag, folded it and presented it to Chief of Department David See to be transported to the new station.

After Chief See received the colors the members of the company assigned to equipment took their assigned stations and the remainder stepped in to the street to march to the their new house. Life member W.N. "Skip Carey (L) and Assistant Chief Jim Gladwell (R) prepare to step off with the departments antique hand drawn hose reel. This reel dates back to the 1800's and was used in conjunction with a hand drawn, and hand operated pumper. Following close behind the hose reel brothers Steve (L) & Bryan Records (R), both Assistant Chiefs, drive the departments antique 1916 American LaFrance pumper. The parade left the old Station 16 and proceeded down Division the Plaza and then west to Lake St. north. Crossing Rt. 50 the procession continued to the rear access road entrance to the new station, marched through the open bay doors and assembled on the front apron where the colors then were hoisted and the Station was declared open and operational by Chief See.

Tomorrow I shall post pictures from the new station with a a very special member hoisting the colors.

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