Today marks a special milestone for the Galena Vol. Fire Co., Inc. On this day 75 years ago, a small group of courageous men met and formed the Galena Vol. Fire Company. Just as they are now, times were tough and the founding members did not have the funds to purchase a new fire truck. The beginning of our relationship with the Community Fire Company of Millington was started shortly after that as we purchased our first fire truck from the Millington Fire Company who was formed 18 years prior. In a small touch of irony, in 2003, Millington purchased their first ambulance from us.
Tonight, In lieu of our normal business meeting, we will hold a small party for our members which will include a swearing-in ceremony for our 2017 Officers.
If the day wasn't special enough, at 1800 hours this evening, Chief Powell will officially place Tower 3 in service. The unit is a 2002 "E-One HP-95" 95 foot rear mount tower/ladder. It has SCBA seating for six firefighters and carries a full complement of truck company tools, as well as rope rescue equipment, EMS supplies and salvage and overhaul items. The truck formerly served the BWI Airport Fire Rescue Department and was acquired officially by us in October 2016.
Since the delivery of the truck, our neighboring fire companies have been a great resource in helping us get the unit ready for service. We would like to specifically thank Maryland Senator Stephen Hershey, the Maryland State Fireman's Association Surplus Equipment Committee, The Singerly Fire Company of Elkton, The Chestertown Vol. Fire Co, The Easton Vol. Fire Dept., Uff Machine Company and Todd's Body Shop for their generous donations. Our success would not be possible if it weren't for the help of these organizations.
We would also like to extend our appreciation to the members of the GVFC for the time and dedication put forth to complete the training, maintenance work and prep work in getting the tower ready. Our members are definitely our most valuable asset.