Tomorrow will be one of the finest days in the modern history of the Summit Hill Fire Department.

The volunteers will get to dedicate a new building as well as a new pumper.

The program includes a truck parade, a formal dedication, an open house to show off the new facilities, and lots of fun with vendors and live band music.

All week members of the fire company have been working hard in the station, getting equipment and apparatus cleaned for tomorrow's special event. They are hoping the citizens of the community attend the event and see first-hand the first-class facilities and apparatus that they possess.

The fire station was built as part of a $3.5 million construction project which included razing the former fire station, razing the former borough hall, and constructing a new fire station and borough hall. The project had its setbacks, but tomorrow the emphasis will be on accomplishments and pride.

The old fire station was a disaster waiting to happen. Support beams were rusting. The roof was leaking. Other structural deterioration was rapidly happening.

The borough council showed leadership by securing funding and undertaking the mammoth construction project. Any firefighter who worked in the previous station will attest that this new building was drastically needed.

Tomorrow the public has a chance to see the community's accomplishment. They can view first-hand the modern building that was built to bring the fire department into the 21st century.

The pumper was also long overdue. It was purchased from a local employer, KME Fire Apparatus.

It's a state-of-the-art piece of firefighting equipment, which only can be fully appreciated if seen close-up.

The parade will have participation from throughout Carbon County as well as from neighboring fire companies in Schuylkill, Lehigh, Northampton, and Luzerne Counties. It will be a show of brotherhood among firefighters from the neighboring communities.

Hopefully there will be a good turnout by the public at the events. The firefighters worked hard preparing for tomorrow's dedication. The community in general owes a debt of gratitude for all the services the fire department provides.

More important, it's a way for the community to see how well residents are protected by this band of dedicated personnel.

By Ron Gower

rgower@tnonline.com [1]