The Waco Fire Department recently celebrated its 150th anniversary of serving the Waco community and its surrounding areas. The department commemorated this milestone by hosting a family-friendly event on April 3 at Fire Station #1, 100 Peach Street, from 6 to 8 p.m.
The free celebration was filled with activities that included a fire safe house and agility course for kids, historical displays, and complimentary hotdogs, cake, and cookies. Limited-supply challenge coins were given out to residents by Waco firefighters, while retired firefighters were encouraged to share their experiences with guests by signing the event guestbook.
The event kicked off with the Waco Fire Department Honor Guard posting the colors, while the Waco Firefighters Pipes and Drums Band provided live music throughout the evening. Waco Mayor Dillon Meek, Fire Chief Gregory Summers, and Waco Fire Historian Sean Sutcliffe also gave remarks during the ceremony.
“Our fire stations are an integral part of the community,” said Fire Chief Gregory Summers. “We’re thrilled to celebrate our 150th year anniversary with our retirees, residents, and visitors.”
For the past 150 years, the Waco Fire Department has been responding to fires, water rescues, medical emergencies, hazardous material situations, animal rescues, and more. The department was established in April 1873, after a disastrous fire destroyed most of the buildings on Bridge Street. From a single fire station and horse-drawn buggies, the department has expanded to 14 fire stations and a fleet of fire engines. Since 1873, the department has had 11 fire chiefs who have provided leadership to the department.
The Waco Fire Department is proud to have served the community for the past 150 years and looks forward to continuing to serve and protect its residents for years to come.
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