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Fire company marks century of Pa. service

August 07, 2006|by JENNIFER FITCH

ROUZERVILLE, PA. - The Blue Ridge Summit (Pa.) Fire Department is marking its 100th anniversary with a parade during Rouzerfest and a motorcycle ride.

The 9 a.m. parade on Aug. 19 will start from Midvale Road, then travel from Pa. 16 to Old Route 16 to Pen Mar Road. It will continue on Pa. 16 and end at Red Run Park, the headquarters for Rouzerfest.

Antique cars, majorettes, marching units and fire departments from four counties are signing up for the mile-long parade, said Tod Goulden, chairman of the department's 100th-anniversary committee.

The department hopes to display firetrucks during the Rouzerfest festivities as well, he said.

The 11 a.m. motorcycle ride will take cyclists across 120 miles in the region, then bring them back for a 3 p.m. meal and judging at Rouzerfest. Prizes will be awarded to the youngest rider, oldest rider, newest motorcycle and oldest motorcycle.

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The ride spans much of the fire department's coverage area, Goulden said.

The first-response area stretches in Washington (Pa.) Township from Blue Ridge Summit to Old Forge Road. It also includes Cascade, Pen Mar Park, Highfield and part of Sabillasville.

"Mutual aid, we go everywhere," Goulden said.

The community of Blue Ridge Summit is divided between four counties in two states: Adams and Franklin counties in Pennsylvania, and Washington and Frederick counties in Maryland.

In the summer of 2006, the townspeople on the mountaintop decided they needed fire protection.

"They called a meeting together of all able-bodied men," Goulden said. By the fall, they had obtained two firetrucks that they housed in a shed, he said.

The fire department and ambulance squad responds to about 1,000 calls a year with 20 active volunteers. Paid personnel staff the department, now in its third building, during daylight hours Monday through Friday.

They run calls with two firetrucks, one heavy rescue vehicle, two ambulances, one brush unit and an old police car used for utility work.

Units can register for the parade by calling 717-794-2323.

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