Volunteer fire company celebrates 125 years of service

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A volunteer fire company in Centre County is celebrating 125 years of service. 

From a hand-drawn hose cart to a 1946 Dodge, the Boalsburg Volunteer Fire Company has seen many changes throughout its history.

“So, it’s come a long way from an old hand-drawn hose cart to something that we use today that’s much more modernized,” Boalsburg Vol. Fire Company Asst. Chief Greg Alters said.

The apparatuses used to fight fire is not the only thing that’s changed over the years.

“The technology and what we have available to use to us is tremendous. The equipment, the apparatus, everything. I mean we use stuff wasn’t even thought of when I first began in the fire company,” Boalsburg Vol. Fire Company Chief Van Winter said.

While aspects of the fire company continue to evolve, Winter said their commitment to the community is still priority number one.

“We are one-on-one. We are the community. We’re also the volunteer fire department. So, they see us just as a neighbor but they also see us as a member of the fire department. So that relationship is…I think really important to maintain and that’s what keeps the relationship for the community and the fire service strong,” Winter said,

Winter said 125 years is something to celebrate, and it’s crucial to keep the community involved.

Members of the fire crew said a day filled with fun and games is undoubtedly well deserved.

“It’s important because we’re still here…people keep showing up day-after-day, we get new members, we have members that have been here 30, 40, 50 years serving this community and that’s something to celebrate,” Alters said.  

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