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After two-year hiatus, friends/neighbors return for fire company community day

After a two-year hiatus necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic, friends and neighbors turned out in force to support the Western Salisbury Volunteer Fire Company community day held Sept. 10 at the fire company’s Swain fire station and the adjacent Green Acres Park in the western portion of Salisbury Township.

Deputy fire chief Adam Al-Khal said “the return of so many friends and neighbors to our community event was very encouraging. With equipment and firefighters from our colleague Eastern Salisbury Fire Company, more fun and games and the activities we have had since we started this event in 2009, has been very encouraging.”

The event was planned and coordinated by Ellie Al-Khal, Bill Sames and the fire company auxiliary.

Face-painting, fire hose use to put out a simulated fire, bounce houses, pizza, a helicopter landing, cotton candy and entertainment by Balloons the Clown of Easton were all features of the three-hour event. Balloons the Clown has been a favorite part of the day for many youngsters since 2009. Balloons said this year marks his 50th year of entertaining his audiences.

A bake sale, raffle baskets, T-shirt sales and donation cans helped defray the fire company’s operating expenses.

Messaging his crew directly following the event, Fire Chief Joshua Wells said the feedback for the day’s events was “amazing.” He said success “was only possible because of the hard work of firefighters, the company’s auxiliary members and family members who pitched in to show how grateful we are for the community support for our firefighters.” Wells commended his wife, Katie, his children and other family members for being an integral part of the annual event.

PRESS PHOTO BY JIM MARSH Emergency vehicles from both Western Salisbury Volunteer Fire Company and Eastern Salisbury Fire Department are on display Sept. 10, at the Western Salisbury Volunteer Fire Company Community Day at the fire company's Swain Station and the adjoining Green Acres Park.
Harrison Dahl, a student at Salisbury Elementary School, aided by firefighter Alan Fichter, uses a fire hose to douse a simulated fire at Western Salisbury Volunteer Fire Company's community day Sept. 10.
Blow-up bounce houses set up in Green Acres Park are popular with youngsters at the Sept. 10 Western Salisbury Volunteer Fire Company dommunity day. PRESS PHOTOS BY JIM MARSH
The cotton candy table in Green Acres Park table is popular at the Western Salisbury Volunteer Fire Company community day Sept. 10.
Western Salisbury Volunteer Fire Company firefighters Ramon Deeb, left and James Caliendo are kept busy handing out snow cones to visitors at the community day held Sept. 10.
Western Salisbury Volunteer Fire Company deputy chief Adam Al-Khal gives advice to visitors before they enter the Salisbury Township fire safety trailer used as an educational display to help keep township residents fire safe.