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125th Anniversary events for 2013

We will start off the Anniversary with a kick off at our annual banquet on February 9, 2013

The 125th Committee will hold a Beef and Beer on April 13, 2013 at the North Penn Vol. Fire Co.'s Social Club. Tickets are on sale at the North Penn Vol. Fire Co. Social Club or you can ask any of the fire company members.

The fire company, in cooperation with North Wales Running, is having a 5K run in North Wales on Saturday, May 18, 2013. Cost is $25.00 per runner and is open to anyone. Cost includes a shirt for the runner and light food and refreshments. Look for the link shortly.

The fire company is having a block party/picnic in the park on Saturday, June 1, 2013. More details will follow.

Lastly, the North Penn is sponsoring an old fashioned antique fire apparatus muster on September 8, 2013 (Rain Date Sept. 15). More details to follow.

     2013 marks the 125th anniversary of organized firefighting in North Wales and the surrounding communities with the official formation of the North Wales Hose Co. #1 after two devastating fires that occurred back to back in early December of 1888.


     We can trace firefighting back to when North Wales was still a village.



     The E. K. Freed & Co. mill on Main Street was destroyed by fire.



     A fire brigade was formed and a hand pumper was purchased from Philadelphia. This was a success; however, it was later sold for scrap.


     Fire protection for the town was again considered when on May 3, 1871, a photographic card and descriptive catalogue of a Silsby engine for extinguishing fire was presented to North Wales Borough council by a Dr. Kennedy. There was no recorded action taken. On September 7, 1888, the matter was again brought up for discussion as the Spring House Hotel had just been destroyed by fire. Council ordered hose, nozzles, a hose carriage and a building. This time they were serious.


More coming soon...