On New Years Day the annual fire department tradition was implemented at Oakhurst Fire District No. 1 as the swearing in and changing of officers was accomplished with the assist of the Mayor Chris Siciliano and Council members Deputy Mayor John Napolitani, Councilman Rob Acerra and David Fisher. Councilwoman Margie Donlon was away on vacation out of state.
The fire district was created in 1903, and has given more than 100 years of dedicated service to the community by resident volunteers who have continuously protected lives and property in exemplary duty. In addition to attacking, correcting and overcoming fire problems, volunteer commitment includes many hours each week of team practices and training – personal time in keeping skills and challenging safety work abilities finely tuned.
Many members have come from earlier families members carrying the dedication of a century of caring for the neighbors and supporters.
Team building, practice and training is part of the weekly coming together of the membership, The New Year’s celebration is supported by other family and volunteers. Town residents visit the celebration along with visits from other companies from around the state, as far south as Ocean County and many from mid and north Jersey to show appreciation for the significant contributions.
By mid afternoon on New Year’s Day more than 600 visitors had share best wishes and conversation as the district served refreshment and a fund-raising “50-50” was offered.