The Tullytown Fire Co. celebrated its centennial year Saturday with a large parade through local streets. Chief Aaron Cohen drove to lead the pack, with nine past chiefs in tow.
Cohen spoke with WBCB at the celebration following the parade at the Tullytown station.
”I take a lot of pride in this building,” Cohen said, pointing to the station. He reported plenty of local residents coming up to thank the volunteers and congratulate them.
But Cohen also noted the fire company, like others throughout Pennsylvania, is struggling.
“The volunteer fire service is dying,” Cohen explained. “But not because people don’t want to do it.”
He cited budget cuts, scheduling conflicts, and volunteers having jobs and families as some of the reasons for a lack of consistent participation.
Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick and State Sen. Steve Santarsiero came out. Cohen said he spoke with them about potential grant opportunities.
The parade took five months to plan and costed zero taxpayer money. Cohen thanked everyone who bought a shirt and the various donating businesses.
The Yardley Beer Company supplied beverages while the Tullytown Walmart and Pepsi donated food and soft drinks.