Schuylkill Firefighters Parade winners announced
ANDY LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS The Citizens Fire Company of Tamaqua marching unit proceeds along the main street of Frackville on Saturday afternoon during the 56th Annual Schuylkill County Firefighters Convention Parade. The marching unit took first place in its division. Other area emergency response units also came up winners at the annual event.
The Frackville Fire Department on Tuesday released the complete list of winners of the Schuylkill County Volunteer Firefighters Convention Parade held in that borough on Saturday.
Many emergency response units from the TIMES NEWS coverage area captured top awards.
Grabbing top honors as best appearing fire company marching unit without music was Citizens Fire Company of Tamaqua. Citizens Fire Co. also took first place under the category of most functional personnel/equipment carrier; and second place for the most functional and ready engine 1750 gallons per minute and up, 2000 and newer.
American Hose Company of Tamaqua captured second place as best appearing fire company marching unit without music. American Hose also was awarded third place for most functional and ready engine 1250 GPM and under.
The judges also presented special judges awards to Hometown Fire Police and the Tamaqua Rescue Squad.
The McAdoo Fire Company took top honors in the category of most functional and ready Basic Life Support unit, in or out of county. The McAdoo Fire Company also won two second place honors, including most functional and ready brush truck and most functional and ready aerial apparatus with pump.
Several out-of-county awards were garnered by local entries, including the Lehighton Fire Department, which captured first place as best appearing fire department with music and best overall fire department with two or more companies from the same municipality.
Other winners in the out-of-county categories included Phoenix Hose Co. of Jim Thorpe, first place, most functional and ready engine rescue; and Diligence Fire Co., Summit Hill, most functional and ready light rescue, less than 26,000 gross vehicle weight.
The Lake Harmony Fire Department captured first place for most functional and ready tanker; second place for most functional and ready light rescue, less than 26,000 GVW; and first place for most functional and ready aerial apparatus with pump