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Brookline Fire Co. celebrates 100 years

DELAWARE COUNTY

Brookline firemen celebrate 100

HAVERFORD TWP. The Brookline Fire Company celebrates its 100th anniversary this year, and the party is already in full swing.

The volunteer fire company launched its centennial on Jan. 19 with a service at Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church followed by brunch. The organization is one of five volunteer departments in the Haverford Township.

The company, now at 1315 Darby Rd., was formed Oct. 9, 1914, after a seven-minute meeting of residents. It received a charter from the state a month later.

During its earliest days, the company borrowed a "spider" - a six-man horse-drawn cart - from the Lansdowne Fire Company until it could afford its own. On March 10, 1915, the crew responded to its first fire, a burning chestnut tree that was endangering houses.

One hundred years later, the company boasts a ladder truck, an engine, a foam pumper, a spill unit, and a chief's car.

- Mari A. Schaefer

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