Antique Fire Apparatus Society to Visit Schuylkill (PA) Museum

Members of an international fire apparatus preservation association will visit Schuylkill Historical Fire Society (PA) on Thursday for a tour of the county fire museum.

The organization is the Society for the Preservation and Appreciation of Antique Motor Fire Apparatus in America, which has more than 3,000 members in more than 50 chapters in the world, with most chapters in the United States. Members don’t have to own an antique piece of fire apparatus, but only have an interest in preserving that historic fire equipment.

Its visit to Shenandoah is timed with members attending the society’s 2013 National Convention and Muster today until Friday in Cherry Hill (NJ).

Michael Kitsock, Schuylkill Fire Society president, said he is expecting three busloads of visitors to arrive in Shenandoah around noon Thursday and stay for about two hours. The fire museum is located at 105 S. Jardin St.

Aerial firetrucks will form an arch with the American flag.

The group will make its first stop in the area at the KME-Kovatch Organization fire apparatus plant in Nesquehoning before coming to Shenandoah.

About 300 visitors are expected, including about 125 association members along with local residents.

“We will have a parade of a few of the antique trucks, and the police will lead the buses into town,” Kitsock said. “We will move to South Jardin Street. We will have the noon test of the Gamewell fire alarm system, which is about 120 years old and still works. We will give them a Shenandoah welcome from myself and Borough Manager Joe Palubinsky. We will award the very nice door prizes, and then we will let them eat and enjoy our hospitality for a couple of hours.”

The Schuylkill Historical Fire Society has numerous displays and exhibits of fire equipment and memorabilia throughout the museum. Displays include more than 150 years of fire helmets, parade uniforms, a historical display of fire nozzles and breathing apparatus, and a photo wall of Schuylkill County’s most serious fires.

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