DANVILLE – The Danville Fire Department is hosting this year’s 111th annual Six-County Firemen’s Association Convention June 27 and 28.
The convention opens at 9 a.m. June 27 in the Washington Fire and Hose Company, 400 and one-half Railroad St. with registration beginning at 8 a.m. A business session will adjourn at 11 a.m. for a memorial service.
The memorial service will be held at 11:15 a.m. in Shiloh United Church of Christ, 500 Bloom St.
The convention will resume at 1:30 p.m. and will be highlighted with the election and swearing in of new officers for the 2014-15 year.
The ladies auxiliary will meet that afternoon in the East End Fire Company, 1344 Bloom Road.
The delegates’ banquet will be held at 6:30 p.m. June 27 in the Washies. Valor and Courage awards and the Walter Sawchak Fire Prevention Award will be presented.
This year, the association will begin awarding Mark Coons Memorial Scholarships in honor and in memory of a past president who was a member of the Crystal Fire Company in Jermyn, Lackawanna County. Doors open at 6 p.m.
The convention parade will begin at 2 p.m. June 28. Registration and judging will be from 9 a.m. to noon at the Danville Middle School, Northumberland Street.
Following the parade, food and refreshments and the presentation of trophies will be held at the F.Q. Hartman Field. DJ JZ Sounds will provide music.
This is the ninth Danville has hosted a convention. Other conventions Danville hosted were in 1909, 1930, 1945, 1955, 1972, 1974, 1988 and 2011.
The 2015 convention will be held in Nanticoke.
The first convention took place June 2, 3 and 4 in 1904 in Hazleton. At that time, it was known as the Four County Firemen’s Association made up of Columbia, Lackawanna, Luzerne and Schuylkill counties.
The name was changed to six county when Montour and Northumberland counties were added.
Current association officers are Gary Perna Jr. of Kelayres, president; John R. Nilles of Hazleton, secretary; Joseph Simonovich of Warrior Run, treasurer; Michele Fry of Bloomsburg, first vice president; Gerald Guscott of Hazleton, second vice president; William Tarby of Throop, third vice president; Deanna Force of Danville, fourth vice president; Robert Leshko of McAdoo, fifth vice president; David Berezovske of Mount Carmel, sixth vice president; and Robert Mandak Sr., of Hazleton, chaplain.