Washington Fire Companyby Representative Lou Barletta
Posted on 2013-02-25
in the house of representatives
Monday, February 25, 2013
Mr. BARLETTA. Mr. Speaker, I rise to honor the Washington Fire
Company No 1. which will celebrate 155 years of service to the Borough
of Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania and the surrounding counties.
The Washington Fire Company is one of the oldest operations of its kind still servicing Cumberland County. Named after our country's first president, the company was formally constituted on February 22nd, 1858. The town hall was used to house equipment and hold meetings until 1860, when a firehouse was built on East Main Street, a facility the Washington Fire Company still uses to this day.
The Washington Fire Company has been an important force against many historic fires in [[Page E183]] the region. Members of their workforce were present at the Thomas Printing fire in 1903, the Grantham Aircraft Engine Works and the Updegraf's Bowling Alley fires in 1956, the Brandtsville Train Wreck in 1963, the Arch Street School fire in 1972, and the fire at Rakestraw's Ice Cream in 1991. They continue to put their lives on the line to protect the people of Cumberland County.
Mr. Speaker, for the last 155 years, the Washington Fire Company has acted as an important asset to the citizens of Mechanicsburg and the surrounding counties. Therefore, I commend the personnel who have faithfully worked to protect our community at this fire house.