Police & Fire

Looking Ahead to the Red Engine Social in Summit

Mayor Ellen Dickson, Joe Vecchia, Chief Joe Houck and co-chairs Lori Dahl and Lynn Reed Credits: Jason Cohen

SUMMIT, NJ -On Saturday, Oct. 20, the Summit Historical Society and the Fortnightly Club will hold the Red Engine Social at Twin Maples.

The efforts to preserve and permanently house the City’s 1927 Chemical Engine No. 1 firetruck have become a community-wide effort and proceeds from the event will benefit the project. Fundraising towards preservation of the 1927 vehicle began last year, and the Historical Society formed a collaboration with the city’s fire department.

“The little red engine is an important piece of Summit's history,” said Mayor Ellen Dickson. “There is no room for it at the firehouse and we want to preserve it for future generations.”

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Over the years the engine has been featured in parades and at other local commemorative events, and current plans call for the construction of a permanent structure onsite at the Carter House, the Historical Society’s home and museum located at 90 Butler Parkway.

Co-chairs Lori Dahl and Lynn Reed are excited for the festivities and both anticipate it being well attended.

“Our fundraising effort to preserve a special piece of Summit’s history for current and future generations is a privilege,” Dahl said.  “The support from individuals, civic and volunteer groups that have come together in this joined community effort is astounding.  To think that children generations from now will be able to be educated about fire safety and look at “The Chemical” with the same gleam as in 1927, that is awesome!”

Reed echoed her sentiments and feels the firetruck is an important part of the town.

“An exciting historic community event the 'Red Engine Social' allows collaboration between The Summit Historical Society and The Fortnightly Club to work together for the benefit of the Summit community,” Reed said. “It is exciting for the groups to work in partnership, share resources and form bonds that will have long-term benefits to the organizations and the community.”

Tickets are $75 per person, and the price of admission includes catered “Four Alarm” hors d’oeuvres, “Hot Zone” food stations, wine, a signature “Light My Fire” cocktail created just for the event and beer with a specialty keg tapping. They will also be offering ‘Helping Hero’ sponsorships for $20. People can make a donation, and a stuffed animal – Fire Bear or Dalmatian – will be donated in that person’s honor to the Summit Fire Department to be taken on calls to calm children or donated by the Summit Fire Department to a local children’s burn unit.  Additionally, there is going to be a 50/50 raffle and a silent auction.    

Checks should be made out to Summit Historical Society (memo:  "Friends of the Firetruck") and mailed to the address below.  You can also rsvp by calling the Summit Historical Society (908) 277-1747 and leave a message you are planning on attending.

Mail checks to:

Red Engine Social

Twin Maples

214 Springfield Avenue

Summit, NJ  07901

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