SEABROOK — Local firefighters will host an event this summer to celebrate the creation and history of the town’s Fire Department.
On June 29, 1826, the New Hampshire Senate and House of Representatives established that residents Edward Dearborn, John Philbrick, Jacob Purinton, Abraham Dow and David Perkins, their colleagues and successors will be known as Seabrook Engine Company No. One, according to Fire Chief Bill Edwards.
“This is the official start and recognition of our Fire Department,” Edwards added.
Over the years, there have been hundreds of members of the Seabrook Fire Department, said Edwards, who is creating an event that will bring together past members and their families to share stories and memories, and to reconnect.
Edwards plans to host the event annually on the Saturday closest to June 29 — the town department’s inception.
This year, firefighters will hold a small ceremony June 29 at 9 a.m. at the fire station, 87 Centennial Road.
“We encourage anyone that is a member, a past member or has family that were members to reach out to us prior to the event or at the event and share names and stories,” Edwards said. “We have a separate project we are working on to organize the history of our department over the last two centuries.”
This project, he noted, would include names, ranks and dates of service of members through the years. Members of the Fire Department are seeking input from past members and their families to advance this project, said Edwards, who added that photos of members or events related to the Fire Department will be appreciated.
In addition, firefighters and town officials participated in the 20th annual Walk for a Cure 5K to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Roughly 100 volunteers showed up to walk, Edwards said.
Over the last few weeks, fire officials participated in numerous training sessions, including radiological defense, vehicle extraction and aerial training in addition to a one-day drone course in which firefighters learned how drones have become a part of public safety, Edwards noted.
For firefighters, drones are used to plan events and responses, fire investigations and, in some cases, help put out fires, Edwards said.
Staff writer Amanda Getchell covers Newburyport and Seabrook. Follow her on Twitter @ajgetch.