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Bath Township Fire Department celebrates 60 years

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Firefighters led guided tours of the facility and also gave visitors a hands-on look at the fire engines and equipment. Firefighters led guided tours of the facility and also gave visitors a hands-on look at the fire engines and equipment.

For sixty years the Bath Township Fire Department has been going to houses in their community, but today the community came to them.

The station celebrated their 60th anniversary with an open house. People who came out were treated to refreshments and giveaways. Firefighters led guided tours of the facility and also gave visitors a hands-on look at the fire engines and equipment. 

The department was first started in 1957 by volunteers and has since grown and transitioned into being a full time career station. While the celebration was meant to honor everyone who has served there, Chief Joseph Kitchen says that the station wouldn't be the same today without the influence of the volunteers.

"I think there's a lot of pride in our fire department, over sixty years. It was organized by volunteers for many of those years and we always want to remember and recognize the valuable contributions that the volunteers made," Kitchen says.

The celebration serves as the kick-off to Fire Prevention Week, a nationally recognized week of teaching fire safety. This year they will be focusing on teaching three things: always have two ways out of every room, stay out once you get out, and close before you dose. The latter is new this year and suggests that occupants sleep with their doors close to add another barrier keeping fire at bay.

"Unfortunately most of the time when we do come face to face with residents it's on an EMS call or a fire call. This is a much more relaxed and enjoyable environment for people to get to know their firefighters and we love it, we enjoy when the public comes," says Kitchen.

All week long firefighters will be visiting local schools and day care centers teaching both the kids and the adults what they need to do to prevent fires and stay safe in them. 

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