The Mapleton Fire Department is celebrating a special milestone: their 100th anniversary is this weekend.
This afternoon’s festivities took place on Sugar Street in Mapleton, where there was music, food and fun for all.
Pennsylvania State Fire Commissioner Bruce Trego says the departments had a strong commitment to their craft since it started in 1921.
“Being a local level instructor since 1980, I got to travel across the state, and you see the activity but you also see the dedication, such as you have here at Mapleton,”
Trego, who has professional roots in the town, says that the tradition built here is still alive and well.
“Their dedication is phenomenal, I noticed it when I was here teaching, and it’s obvious that…when they started a hundred years ago, the tradition and the dedication has carried on.”
Hunter Corbin, the President of the Mapleton Fire Department, says it’s a spectacular landmark to hit.
“Milestone achievement, you know, because people from back in 1921 could’ve given up after two years,” he said.
Trego says local fire departments are needed now more than ever.
“If you look at rural Pennsylvania there is a need for them, there’s no doubt about it, and when I heard the number of callsthey’re running enough calls that they really need to be in existence.”
A dedication to service that should continue for many years to come.
“Going for 200, that’s all I can say because we have to keep this going,” Corbin said. “We could have an emergency right now or tomorrow, so we’ve gotta keep going for the next day, the next month, the next year.”
The festivities will conclude with the Memorial Day parade through Mapleton on Monday morning.