Bridgewater Fire and Ambulance celebrates centennial in a big way

By WKTV News

For the first time in 35 years, a Fireman's Field Days is happening in Bridgewater. It's to celebrate the 100 year anniversary of the Bridgewater Fire Company and Ambulance. If that wasn't enough, there's one more reason to celebrate. They're hosting the Oneida County Convention.

It's three days of rides, games, food, beverages and live entertainment all happening at the Town of Bridgewater Municipal Park located at 404 State Highway 8 in Bridgewater.

The Bridgewater Fire Company currently has 45 active members and responds to 350 service calls each year.

A lot has changed since 1914, when the citizens of the Village of Bridgewater organized a volunteer fire department.

Just in the past few decades, Fire Chief Bill DeKing says he can remember a lot changing. He says it used to be rubber boots and a coat. Now firefighters have OSHA-approved attire.

When he started it was less than 50 hours of training to be a volunteer firefighter. Today, it's about 100 hours.

One thing that has never happened in the entire 100 year history of the fire company, is that they've never hosted the Oneida County Convention.

Fire departments from Oneida, Madison and Otsego counties will all gather in the Town of Bridgewater for the convention this weekend.

While that's happening, people from the community, can come out and enjoy the festivities at the fireman's field days for the first time in over three decades!

On Friday, the field opens at 5 p.m.
The Utica Zoomobile will be there, then the band,Showtime performs.
At dusk, there will be fireworks.

On Saturday, the Firemen Firematics Competition happens at 11 a.m.
The field opens shortly after.
Then there's a car show, and the parade steps off in the Village of Bridgewater at Route 20 East. It ends at Route 8 North at the Town Field.
At 7 p.m. the band Fulton Chain Gang performs.

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