WFD celebrates 150th anniversary on Saturday
by The Press and Standard | November 8, 2019 5:00 am
Last Updated: November 6, 2019 at 1:26 pm
By VICKI BROWN
The Walterboro Fire Department celebrated 150 years of serving the community Saturday Nov. 2 with a family fun day.
Free hot dogs, ice cream, smoke detectors, and a chili cookoff were enjoyed by several hundred people who came out to spend the morning with the firemen. Bouncy houses, corn hole, a kid’s “Junior Fireman’s Obstacle Course” and an inflatable fire prevention instructional house from the Marine Corps Fire Station were available for children to enjoy. Visiting kids also could get a tattoo and fireman’s hat. A DJ music played and visitors joined in, sang and danced to 80s disco, the Cupid Shuffle, and the Electric Slide.
The WFD’s 1934 firetruck was on display, along with antique fire prevention paraphernalia. But probably most exciting was the live demonstration of firemen using the “jaws of life,” or extrication cutter. A wrecked automobile was on the premises and the crowd watched as the firemen took the windshield and door off, the typical procedure to rescue a trapped victim.
Fire Chief Paul Siegler was excited about all the events. “We planned a great day, and we hope the kids and families really enjoyed everything,” said Siegler.