GIRARDVILLE (SCHUYLKILL COUNTY), PA: On May 4, 2013 the Girard Fire Company, of the Girardville Fire Department housed their new engine in Girardville. The event was celebrated by hosting a fire truck parade and a special engine housing ceremony at the fire station.
The new engine was built by the Spartan Quality in 1993. The new Engine 4511 is a 1500 GPM pumper with a 750 gallon water tank. Engine 4511 was own prior by the Goodwill Fire Company of Pottsville. The Goodwill Fire Company recently replaced the old Engine 41 with a new 2013 KME Predator-Panther Pumper.
The event started off with a parade of modern in-service fire trucks. The parade units lined up and were judge in the area of the Girard Fire Company Station. The parade then proceeded at 13:00 hours through the streets of Girardville. The parade vehicle finished and parked in the local vicinity of the Girard Fire Station.
The Housing Ceremony started at 14:00 hours in front of the Girard’s Fire Station opened garage doors. The guest speaker was John McNelis of Mahanoy City. Rev Finland blessed the new engine with holy water. Giradville Mayor Burns spoke of the process of obtaining funding for the new engine. The Mayor thanked the local community for their support to the Girardville Volunteer Fire Department. Girardville Fire Chief Frank Zangari then spoke to the crowd and congraded Girard Hose of their new attack piece. The last speaker was Micheal Kitsock, President of the Schuylkill Historical Fire Society. He offered a little history lesson to the crowd about the Girard Hose and Girardville Fire Department.
The Fire Company member also took the lead in smashing a bottle of Champaign on the front bumper to christen the new truck. The members of the Girard Fire Company then pushed their new engine into the station to bring good luck in the future with the new truck. The day of events ended with adult refreshments and food for all who was present. The winners were announced and trophies presented to the judged fire units in the parade.