Monday, September 20, 2010
First Annual Cumberland County Firemen's Convention Held In Shippensburg
On September 20, 1928 the first annual convention of the Cumberland County Volunteer Firemen’s Association was held in Shippensburg. The first convention featured a slightly different format that it does today in the fact that this was a one day convention. The Vigilant’s appeared for the first time in their new uniforms and at 2 p.m. ceremonies kicked off with a dedication of the new municipal building that houses the company and other borough offices. Directly following the dedication the new American Lafrance city service truck was officially turned over to the company. At 4 p.m. firemen from all over the valley paraded through town, it was estimated that more than 400 firemen were in the parade. Firemen then visited the Cumberland Valley Hose Company for a meal. The town declare the day a holiday and the schools and teacher's college were only open a half day so that all could enjoy the festivities. Later that evening the firemen convened in the new parlor at the Municipal building to conduct business and elect new officers for the coming year.