FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, NJ - Station 25 is looking for men and women over the age of 18 to join their ranks, and provide entertainment for the community at the same time.
"A firefighter is more than a person jumping into a fire," Auxiliary President Elena Marotta said. "They are a well trained, equipped man or woman who is willing to go through the struggles of a burning building to find any signs of life. A person who sets aside their own well-being for someone they know nothing about, a total stranger. They are today's superhero in human form."
This Saturday, April 15, from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. an open house with a little something for everyone will be held at the station on 710 Hamilton Street. Children will have a chance to take pictures with the Easter Bunny or have their face painted by a member of the Auxiliary team.
Baked goods such as cookies, cupcakes, chocolate covered pretzels and nut free snacks will be on sale to help support the station. Attendees will also have a chance to decorate their own cookies as well.
Children will have the opportunity to learn fire safety at the fire prevention station, where goodie bags will also be handed out.
The big draw will be the fire truck tours, where kids and adults can view the fire engine inside and out, firefighting equipment, fire gear, and even sit in the driver's seat to learn what all of the buttons and dials do.
According to their website, Station 25 is:
Community Volunteer Fire Company operates out of one station, and is identified as Station 25 by Somerset County. We proudly protect Franklin Township's Fire District #3. Our members are highly trained professionals, 100% volunteer, and extremely dedicated, answering over 500 calls a year. Our membership is composed of people from all walks of life, from mechanics, to Rutgers University students, to computer technicians, to carpenters, to business owners and executives, to anything you can imagine.
Our members primarily come from Somerset New Jersey, however we have several active members who live in New Brunswick, as well as in the surrounding townships. We also have members who come from other counties to volunteer with us due to a fine reputation of being one of the best departments in the area.There is something beyond sweaty gear, roaring flames and flashing lights that makes each rescue worth pulling through. I would not say it is a God given talent but more of a serving and courageous heart. In a Fire Department such as ours; everyday, ordinary men and women become real life superheroes at the tone of a pager.