Weston Fire and EMS exhibit holds grand opening

Emily and Nathan Copans got behind the wheel of a Weston fire truck at the grand opening of the "Honoring Weston's Own Fire & EMS Volunteers" exhibit. — Fran Sheff-Mauer photo

Emily and Nathan Copans got behind the wheel of a Weston fire truck at the grand opening of the “Honoring Weston’s Own Fire & EMS Volunteers” exhibit. — Fran Sheff-Mauer photo

The grand opening of the “Honoring Weston’s Own Fire & EMS Volunteers” exhibit was held on Sunday, June 18 at the Weston Historical Society’s museum at 104 Weston Road.

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

There are 25 color-on-metal photographs on display 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, as well as a series of black and white photographic portraits commemorating the selfless men and women who have served as Weston volunteer firefighters.

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

The museum is open on Sundays from 1 to  4 p.m. 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.

Weston volunteer firefighters Gary Clayton and Mike Zegers look around to see if there is anyone interested in driving a fire truck. — Fran Sheff-Mauer photo

Weston volunteer firefighters Gary Clayton and Mike Zegers look around to see if there is anyone interested in driving a fire truck. — Fran Sheff-Mauer photo

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