CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Members of the Franklin Fire Co. know that their department celebrates its 100th anniversary this year.
What they don't know is when the company's predecessor, the Hope Hose Co., was founded.
They know it dates back to at least the 1830s, but anything more exact was lost when the Confederate Army burned Chambersburg in 1864. The fire company's records went up with the smoke, according to a department history.
The fire company will kick off its 100th anniversary celebration Saturday with a firefighters parade through the borough. It forms at noon on McKinley Street and begins its march downtown at 1 p.m. The parade heads down Second Street to Rhodes Drive, turns left onto Main Street and then south on Washington Street to the Southgate Shopping Center parking lot.
An open house at the fire station at the corner of North Franklin and West King streets will be held following the parade.