Honoring Weston’s Own Fire and EMS Volunteers
The Weston Historical Society is proud to announce “Honoring Weston’s Own Fire and EMS Volunteers”. This tribute to Weston’s all-volunteer fire and EMS departments will open on Sunday June 18, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. with a Touch a Fire Truck event, and the launch of a new museum exhibit at The Weston Historical Society and Coley Homestead, 104 Weston Road in Weston, rain or shine.
The town is invited to come meet some of Weston’s great fire and EMS volunteers who protect our community every day. Families and would-be First Responders can sit behind the wheel of a real Weston Fire Engine Truck and Ambulance. Kids will be able to try on fire gear and boots, and pick up the fire hose. Weston’s vintage 1934 Mack Fire Pumper, “Old Mack”, will be on display, and there will even be a fire-fighter related story-telling time.
The museum exhibit features 25 stunning color-on-metal photographs taken by Weston firefighter and professional photographer Bruce Ando, shot in the course of duty and at various training exercises in Weston and around the state. Also on display is Ando’s series of black and white photographic portraits commemorating many of the selfless men and women who have served as Weston Volunteer Firefighters.
In addition, the exhibit highlights the history of the fire department, formed in 1931, and showcases a collection of apparatus, artifacts, helmets and other gear. Photographs and newspaper clippings from several memorable fires in town such as the Hurlbutt Elementary School fire will also be on view.
“The members of the WVFD (Weston Volunteer Fire Department) and EMS (Emergency Medical Services) are dedicated to the health and safety of the residents of Weston. This exhibit is a great way to share what we do and how we interact with the community, and also to spread important information about fire prevention and fire safety,” said Fire Chief John Pokorny.
Weston’s 86-year old Fire Department is not a town agency, but rather one of a few all-volunteer, unpaid fire departments in the state. Weston’s EMS team is also all-volunteer and has been operating since 1962. The WVFD and EMS are on call 24/7 and respond to hundreds of calls each year of house fires, motor vehicle accidents, downed power lines and countless medical and first aid emergencies.
Admission for “Honoring Weston’s Own” is $3 for members and $8 for member families/$5 for non-members and $10 for non-member families. The Museum will be open on Sundays from 1pm – 4pm starting June 18th through September 3rd with the exception of the July 4th weekend.
Throughout the summer, Weston Historical Society is planning several events, seminars and demonstrations in conjunction with the exhibit. More information can be found at: www.westonhistoricalsociety.org.
The Weston Historical Society would like to thank the members of Weston’s Volunteer Fire/Rescue and EMS Divisions, especially Paul Deysenroth and Bruce Ando for helping make this exhibit possible. Other members of “Honoring Weston’s Own” committee include: Dallas Kersey, current president of Weston Historical Society, Pam Kersey, Fran Shef-Mauer, Susan Moran, and Susan Gunn Bromley, WHS executive director.
The Weston Historical Society would also like to thank our sponsors: Fairfield County Bank, Cohen & Wolf P.C., KMS Partners at Coldwell Banker, the Weston Volunteer Fire Department and Weston EMS, and Weston Kiwanis Foundation. Without their help, the program would not be possible.