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on housing new engine 41

Monday, April 5th, 2010

On a lovely Saturday morning, April 3, the Earlysville community gathered to celebrate the long history of the Earlysville Fire Company, its leadership past and present, and to put into service a new fire engine, replacement engine 41, named in honor of neighbor, former chief and president, John Sweeney.

Fire houses are the town halls and community centers of rural areas. The Earlysville Volunteer Fire Company was founded in the 1960s by members of the Ruritan Club. Members built the first station on land donated by Jim and Bunny Murray beside the Murray Electric Box Co, where many of the volunteers worked and were released to fight fires, jumping onto the engine across the street.

Charlottesville Fire Company donated the first engine. For the housing ceremony forty years later, the City antique Seagrave engine was on hand. Paid and volunteer members from surrounding agencies and from as far as Bedford were in attendance.

For more information on the history and to learn about today’s Earlysville Volunteer Fire Company, go to www.earlysvillefire.org.

In Albemarle County we are fortunate to have the assistance of over 650 volunteers and 50 paid staff in fire and rescue emergency services.  From teenagers to retirees, there is work to be done at the fire and rescue stations. To volunteer, contact your local firehouse.