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The Danville News

June 10, 2014

Danville to welcome fire crews from 6 counties

DANVILLE — Firefighters from six counties will head to Danville later this month for the 111th Six-County Firemen’s Association Convention.

The convention, hosted by the Danville Fire Department, will be June 27 and June 28.

Danville last hosted the convention in 2011 and has stepped up to host it again this year, said Convention Chairman Chris Dickinson. He is also Danville borough fire chief.

The four Danville departments are sponsoring this year’s event which will include scholarships being awarded to high school students by the association.

A popular parade, open to the public, will again be held. The parade begins at 2 p.m. June 28. It will feature equipment from Montour, Columbia, Luzerne, Lackawanna, Northumberland and Schuylkill counties.

Nonmember companies, such as the Wallington, N.J., fire department, will also participate in the parade, said Deanna Force, convention deputy director, who also serves as Danville Fire Department photographer and public information officer. She is president of the Goodwill Hose Company.

Included in the parade will be antique apparatus, personally owned apparatus and equipment currently in service. DJ JZ Sounds will serve as parade announcer.

Trophies will be awarded to parade winners.

The parade will form at Paper Magic and proceed along East Market Street, Mill Street, the Route 54 tunnel and to the F.Q. Hartman Field.

An after-party will be held at the field with free hotdogs and soda. The party is open to the public. A DJ will provide music.

Danville’s other fire companies are Continental, Friendship and the Washies.

The fire companies are selling T-shirts, showing the six-county logo on the front and the four companies’ patches on the back, and a glass mug to raise money to hold the convention.

The shirts are gray. Small through extra large costs $10 and 2X and 3X are $12. The commemorative mugs are $10.

Funds are also being raised through the sales of raffle tickets for guns and cash, based on the July daily lottery numbers, throughout the month of July. Tickets are $25 and available from firefighters.

The six-county organization has given the department $5,000 to host the convention, said Force who served as president of the six-county association in 2011 and 2012.

Those attending the convention are expected to register at 8 a.m. June 27 in the Washies with the convention starting at 9 a.m. Honored guests should arrive about 10 a.m.

Participants will attend a church service at 11:15 a.m. June 27 in Shiloh United Church of Christ, Danville.

A banquet will be held June 27 in the Washies. Doors will open at 6 p.m. with the dinner beginning at 6:30 p.m.

The Southside Fire Company, in Riverside, will host food specials and the classic rock band Beef starts playing at 9 p.m. June 27.

At the convention, officers will be elected. Force, who serves as vice president for Montour County, is among those up for re-election.

The current association president is Gary Perna, of Schuylkill County.

For the first time during the banquet, six scholarships will be awarded by the six-county association in memory of Mark Coons who served as a vice president representing Lackawanna County. High school recipients need to be members of fire companies and pursuing fire science-related studies. The scholarship money will be sent to the colleges they are attending, Force said.

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