PFD plans 150th birthday celebration next year

by Emmitt B. Feldner
of The Review staff

PLYMOUTH – The Plymouth Fire Department will be celebrating its 150th anniversary next year and is planning on a big party for the public next August.

The City Council Tuesday pitched in to help out, designating $5,000 from the sale of a used fire truck to help finance the event.

“When the department had its 125th anniversary (in 1993), the council was actually involved in the celebration,” City Administrator Brian Yerges told the council.

In that spirit, he recommended that the council designate $5,000 from the $16,650 the city made earlier this month on the sale of a 1995 fire truck the department took out of service toward the celebration.

Yerges said that money for the anniversary celebration has not been budgeted for, but could be paid for utilizing part of the fire truck sales proceeds without impacting the 2018 budget.

Director of Public Safety Jeff Tauscheck explained that the department has tentatively scheduled an anniversary celebration for Sunday, Aug. 12, next year.

The day’s events would begin with a parade through downtown to the fairgrounds. The party would continue at the fairgrounds, with live music, a children’s carnival and more.

Tauscheck said the fair association has agreed to allow the events at the fairgrounds.

The council also approved spending $2,450 from the contingency fund to purchase the fire department a new hose tester.

Tauscheck explained that the department is required to pressure test all of its hoses regularly under federal fire codes. The department tests 13,900 feet of hose each year.

“The hose tester the department uses now was built by a member in the 1960s,” Tauscheck told the council. The last time the department attempted to use the equipment, earlier this month, it only reached 100 psi of water pressure during tests, while the code requires a minimum of 200 psi.

The department had planned to budget for purchasing a new tester in 2018 before the present one failed. “They want to have a new one because the old one is malfunctioning,” Tauscheck said.

The council approved the closing of East Main Street between Smith and Caroline streets from 4-8:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13, for the annual Fire Prevention Night open house at the fire station.

They also approved the use of three parking spaces in the city parking lot just west of Stafford Street from 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 29, for a Trunk ‘n Treat Safe Halloween event sponsored by the American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary.

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