This year marks the 85th anniversary of the Aquashicola Volunteer Fire Company. Beyond simply responding to emergencies and fighting fires, the Aquashicola Volunteer Fire Company is very much involved with its community and its citizens.
Annually, the departments provide educational programs in public safety and fire prevention to residents, businesses and civic organizations. The mock disaster drills and demonstrations for local high school students has helped teach the town’s young adults about the dangers of driving impaired. Fire prevention education is an important part of the department’s effort to reduce fires and prevent injuries. Their willingness to donate free smoke alarms to those in need best illustrates its commitment to fire safety.
For 25 years, the Aquashicola Volunteer Fire Company has collected and recycled aluminum cans, which have benefited several community projects including financial support to erect a Veteran's memorial. Over the years, the firefighters have sponsored blood drives, raised funds and made donations to those with cancer and even assisted a visually impaired citizen with purchasing a much-needed seeing eye dog.
These men not only are there when they are needed in the time of an emergency, but when a community needs their financial support and assistance. The department’s annual Good Friday Fish Fry dinner serves as a social outlet for residents to enjoy time with friends and connect with the community. During the annual Santa in the Park program, the department's Santa talks to approximately 300 children. Santa’s visits to local hospitals and schools are also a huge success. When members of the community were affected by Hurricane Sandy, the department collected a large trailer load of donated goods and toys.
These hard-working volunteers also have four members who hold an elite distinction as an Eagle Scouts, with others serving as Scout Masters assistants and merit badge coordinators.
They are a dedicated group that serves the community in every aspect, with the respect and pride of their community supporting them.