JONESTOWN (LEBANON COUNTY), PA: On June 18th the Perseverance Fire Company of Jonestown hosted the 89th Annual Lebanon County Fireman’s Convention. The Convention was celebrated along with the 250th Anniversary of the Borough of Jonestown. A housing ceremony was also held at the Jonestown fire station after the parade.
The day’s event started with judging of fire and rescue apparatus in a large parking lot outside town. Judging was held from 8 AM to 1 PM.
The parade units were then line up in the streets of a development just outside town. The parade kicked off exactly at 2PM and proceeded through the streets of Jonestown. There were over hundred emergency vehicles and two marching bands made up the parade. The parade finally came to an end at the Perseverance fire station. Two bagpipe bands from Dauphin and Luzerne Counties performed together outside the fire station for the crowd.
Shortly after the parade a new fire engine housing ceremony was done. The Perseverance Fire Company recently placed into service a 2010 KME fire engine. The ceremony started with words from the company president and a short prayer by the chaplain. Finally the engine was traditionally pushed in to the station by its members. The company’s oldest members and past chiefs had the honor backing the new engine into the station.
Refreshments mugs and t-shirts were sold and provided to all in attending of the housing ceremony. Prior to 18:00 hours the trophies for the parade were passed out to the winners.