Community turns out to celebrate firefighters’ service from 1908 to 2018
■ Chronicle News Staff
Last month, the citizens of Hemet gathered at Hemet Fire Station 1 to celebrate 110 years of service. The event was sponsored by Wayne and Carol Minor along with the Hemet Firefighters Association. Over 250 people gathered and recognized the history of HFD, retired and active firefighters, along with Fire Chief Scott Brown.
The Hemet Chamber of Commerce formed the Hemet Fire Department on July 29, 1908. The newly formed department consisted of 12 volunteers, a two-wheel hose cart, nozzles, buckets, axes, two fire extinguishers, and a 30-foot extension ladder. The first fire station was on the northwest corner of Front Street and Florida Avenue, which is now a part of State Street in Hemet.
The barbeque event held on Thursday, Oct. 25, commemorated the 110th year of service for the Hemet Fire Department. Citizens as well as city officials came out to grab a plate on this special occasion recognizing the hard work and dedication firefighters have delivered to the community of Hemet. The department brought out their big, red trucks from Fire Station 1 including a vintage truck that children and their families snapped photos in.
Mayor Michael Perciful said he was thankful for those who came to support the fire department. He revealed a fun fact about the founding of the department saying, “We celebrate the 110 year celebration of the fire department which actually came to fruition two years before the city incorporated… that’s a big milestone.” Mayor Perciful was joined by other city council members such as Russ Brown, Bonnie Wright, and Mayor Pro Tem Karlee Meyer.