Humane Fire Company No. 1 and Phoenix Fire Company No. 2 are having a co-dedication of fire apparatus Saturday, July 20 — the first such combined service in city history.

Humane Fire Company, 200 Humane Ave., will host the events with activities starting at 10 a.m., with judging of equipment participating in a parade that starts at 1 p.m. The parade will last between 10 to 20 minutes with a start and finish at the fire company after a trip through the city. Fire companies from surrounding counties are invited.

A ceremony that includes a christening of the apparatus and blessing will occur shortly thereafter. Mike Glore, trustee for the Phoenix, said Pottsville Mayor James T. Muldowney, state Sen. David G. Argall, R-29, Rush Township, and state Rep. Neal P. Goodman, D-123, Mahanoy City, are among the dignitaries who will attend. Afterward, visitors are encouraged to see the new equipment. Food and refreshments are available with a purchase of a $5 commemorative mug.

“It’s a very proud and exciting moment,” said Mike Kitsock, past president of the Schuylkill Historical Fire Society.

Glore and Joe Spotts, president of the Humane, said the companies decided on the combined event so it would save time and manpower and builds on cooperation among fire companies. Plus, the weather — with the flooding and the winter weather approaching in 2018 — wasn’t conducive to such an event at that time.

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