BEMUS POINT – A local fire department in Chautauqua County is celebrating a big anniversary this weekend.
The Bemus Point Volunteer Fire Department was founded in February 1920; turning 100-years-old last year. However, due to the pandemic the celebration was put on hold.
On Saturday, the department is hosting a 1920s gala at the Hotel Lenhart where members will be outfitted in clothing from a bygone era.
Chief Randy Apperson spoke with us this week, and explained how lucky the community is, to still have a strong network of volunteer first responders.
“The people of Bemus Point, the community of Chautauqua County, we have a good thing going with our volunteer fire departments, I travel the United States, and everybody has paid departments, the volunteer days are going away,” explained Apperson. “We’re fortunate that we have a strong network of people in this county that we can reply on, what we call mutual aid, but here in Bemus, we have a great group of people, we have members that are still active after 45-years.”
The department continues to reply on volunteers, in fact, Chief Apperson says it was built by the hard work of those unpaid heroes.
With that said, he believes it is important for the community to support their local departments by helping in any way they can; whether that’s in a firefighting, EMS or administrative capacity.
The gala is closed to the public; however Apperson says two antique fire trucks will be on display outside of the Hotel Lenhart for the public to view.