Exhibit honors Weston firefighters and EMS volunteers

One of the 25 color-on-metal photographs taken by Weston firefighter and professional photographer Bruce Ando that will be on display at the Weston Historical Society’s museum.

One of the 25 color-on-metal photographs taken by Weston firefighter and professional photographer Bruce Ando that will be on display at the Weston Historical Society’s museum.

The latest exhibit at the Weston Historical Society is a tribute to Weston’s volunteer fire department and emergency service workers.

“Honoring Weston’s Own Fire and EMS Volunteers,” opens Sunday, June 18, at 1 p.m. at The Weston Historical Society Museum, 104 Weston Road.

The town is invited to attend the opening and meet some of Weston’s fire and EMS volunteers who protect the community every day.

The opening will also feature “Touch a Fire Truck,” where people can sit behind the wheel of a Weston fire engine truck and ambulance. Kids can try on fire gear and boots, pick up a fire hose and wear a real firefighter helmet.

Weston’s vintage 1934 Mack Fire Pumper, Old Mack, will be on display, and there will be a firefighter related story-telling time.

The exhibit features 25 color-on-metal photographs taken by Weston firefighter and professional photographer Bruce Ando, shot in the course of duty and at various training exercises in Weston and around the state.

Also on display is a series of black and white photographic portraits by Ando commemorating the selfless men and women who have served as Weston volunteer firefighters.

The exhibit highlights the history of the fire department, formed in 1931, and showcases a collection of apparatus, artifacts, helmets and other gear.

Photographs and newspaper clippings from several memorable fires in town such as the Hurlbutt Elementary School fire will also be on view.

“The members of the Weston Volunteer Fire Department and EMS are dedicated to the health and safety of the residents of Weston. This exhibit is a great way to share what we do and how we interact with the community, and also to spread important information about fire prevention and fire safety,” said Weston Fire Chief John Pokorny.

Weston’s 86-year-old fire department is not a town agency, but rather one of a few all-volunteer, unpaid fire departments in the state. Weston’s EMS team is also all-volunteer and has been operating since 1962. The WVFD and EMS are on call 24/7 and respond to hundreds of calls each year of house fires, motor vehicle accidents, downed power lines and countless medical and first aid emergencies.

Admission for “Honoring Weston’s Own” is $3 for historical society members, $8 for member families, $5 for non-members and $10 for non-member families.

The museum will be open on Sundays from 1 to  4 p.m. from June 18 through Sept. 3, with the exception of the July 4 weekend, when it will be closed.

Throughout the summer, the Weston Historical Society is planning several events, seminars and demonstrations in conjunction with this exhibit.  More information can be found at westonhistoricalsociety.org.

Contributors to this exhibit include members of Weston’s Volunteer Fire/Rescue and EMS Divisions, Paul Deysenroth and Bruce Ando. Other members of “Honoring Weston’s Own” committee include: Dallas Kersey, current president of Weston Historical Society, Pam Kersey, Fran Sheff-Mauer, Susan Moran, and Susan Gunn Bromley, WHS executive director.

Exhibit sponsors are Fairfield County Bank, Cohen & Wolf P.C., KMS Partners at Coldwell Banker, the Weston Volunteer Fire Department, Weston EMS, and Weston Kiwanis Foundation.

The 1934 Mack Fire Pumper, Old Mack, will be at the opening of the historical society's fire and EMS exhibit.

The 1934 Mack Fire Pumper, Old Mack, will be at the opening of the historical society’s fire and EMS exhibit.

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