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The Cheshire Fire Department will achieve an all time record for number of calls this year as it prepares to celebrate its 100th anniversary next year. The volunteer department has responded to over 1,090 calls or incidents since January 1, 2011, and expects to have a record total of nearly 1,100 by the end of the year.
“Certainly the storms this year increased our call volume somewhat, however, the overall demands on our department continue to increase. We are an all-hazard response agency, not just a department that responds to fires,” said Fire Chief Jack Casner. “We are called for nearly any situation that you could imagine, and some you couldn't imagine.”
“It is somewhat ironic that we are preparing to celebrate our 100 year history in 2012 and we are also going to have our busiest year in our history.,” Casner continued.
“We are proud of our 100 years as volunteers,” said Donn Youngquist, deputy fire chief and president of the Cheshire Volunteer Fire Department, Inc. “Many people in Cheshire don't realize that the majority of our firefighters are still volunteers,” he explained.
The department has anniversary events planned for 2012 to celebrate the anniversary. A traditional Firefighters Ball is included in these plans. Information on the ball and other events wll be released after the first of the year.