Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Vintage Fire Equipment Show July 23rd

This year Chilson Volunteer Fire Department will celebrate its 50th anniversary with an antique-and-classic firefighting equipment show at the department’s annual barbecue.

The event, which is open to the public, takes place on July 23rd at the department’s headquarters, 60 Putts Pond Road in Ticonderoga. Festivities begin at noon and the barbecue will be served beginning at 2:00 p.m.

The barbecue – a summer tradition for the Ticonderoga-Chilson community – includes chicken and all the fixins, as well as an afternoon of music, entertainment and fun for the whole family. This year the display of classic fire trucks from nearby New York and Vermont departments will be a special treat. Tickets are just $10.00 – contact Margaret Lauman at (518) 585-9133 or [email protected]

The Chilson VFD is still on the lookout for vintage fire equipment. If you have equipment to display, you’re free to bring it to the event where trophies will be awarded for oldest in show, longest in service, longest distance traveled, and a ‘people’s choice’ trophy. Call or
e-mail Jim Davis at [email protected] for entry details.

The Chilson community is part of the town of Ticonderoga. Chilson Volunteer Fire Department serves Chilson and provides mutual aid to surrounding departments. The department is staffed and equipped to provide fire prevention, fire protection, and rescue services including vehicle extractions. For membership information e-mail [email protected]

Photo: The first modern fire engine was manufactured in Springfield, Massachusetts in 1905, by Knox Automobile. This model was made about 1908.

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