Local fire companies make the holidays special


Mr. and Mrs. Claus at the Upper Frederick Santa breakfast.

Little kids love fire trucks, and the holiday season blares bright with the delight they bring.

Most of the fire companies in the area are all volunteers, meaning none of their members get paid for being a firefighter or part of the fire company. The companies all put a lot of effort and time into fundraising and keeping their firehouse going.

On top of their normal work, during the holiday season firehouses are tasked with the delightful job of making children happy. They become extremely busy, with many companies driving a Santa around their township or borough to spread joy to all the kids in their area.

Lower Frederick Fire Company has what they call “Santa Coming to Town,” an event where Santa is driven around throughout Schwenksville Borough and Lower Frederick Township.

New Hanover Fire Company hosts what they call “Santa Claus is Coming to New Hanover.” This is when they drive Santa Claus around their neighborhoods in a firetruck, starting around noon on Sunday, Dec. 22.

Gilbertsville Fire Company does a similar event to the other fire companies around. Gilbertsville Fire Company has “Santa Comes to Douglas Township,” which is when they escort Santa through the streets of Douglas Township; this will be happening on Sunday, Dec. 22.

Last near the Boyertown Area is Upper Frederick Fire company, who has their “Santa Run,” where they drive Santa and Mrs. Claus around on fire trucks around their township, occurring on Saturday, Dec. 21.

The 8th Annual “Operation Christmas Kids” Toy Run hosted by Plymouth Ambulance.

Upper Frederick Fire Company doesn’t stop there with the holiday cheer, however.

Earlier this month, they hosted a pancake and sausage breakfast with Santa and Mrs. Claus on Dec. 7, and they drove Santa and Mrs Claus to their township building for a tree lighting where kids could get pictures with Santa on Dec. 8.

A “Toy Run,” was the most recent event Upper Frederick participated in, hosted by Plymouth Community Ambulance. During this charitable event, many fire companies, police stations, and EMS stations gathered toys and gathered together to travel to Bryn Mawr Hospital and St. Christopher’s Hospital in Philadelphia to deliver them to the kids.

These events are all worthwhile and take a lot of effort to make happen. So, thank you to all of the local fire companies that help make the holidays special and safe!