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Thanks for 140 years: Large crowd turns out to celebrate Fire Department's anniversary
A larger-than-expected crowd filtered in and out of the Colusa fire station on Saturday for the Colusa Fire Department's 140th anniversary celebration.
Although no official count was taken, firefighters estimated that hundreds of community members made their way to the station to join the department in their celebration of nearly a century-and-a-half of service.
"We only set up for 100 people. We just had a fantastic turnout from the community. A good turnout of our own people, too," said Colusa Fire Chief Randall Dunn.
Attendees enjoyed free food, children's activities and an opportunity to socialize with their hometown heroes.
Dunn thought it was especially important to host a kids day as part of the celebration, so the station offered a bounce house, face painting and a dunk tank — much to the enjoyment of the younger attendees.
The department also offered rides on its 1915 chemical truck nicknamed "The Little Stinker," which was refinished in preparation for the celebration.
"We're all like kids here anyway in the Fire Department," Dunn said, "so it's only fitting that we hosted this kids day.
"We have a young department. These guys pretty much do it for nothing. They're volunteers. They're outstanding. ... And some of these kids will be up there one day," said Dunn, gesturing at the firefighters lined up on the north wall of the station.
At a ceremony, the department was presented with an array of resolutions and proclamations for its service and dedication over the 140 years.
"What can I say, other than awesome," said Dunn after the ceremony. He was surprised by all of the recognition.
"We've got a lot to hang up now," Dunn said.
A representative for California state Sen. Jim Nielsen, along with representatives for state Assemblymen Mariko Yamada and Dan Logue, presented the department with resolutions.
On behalf of the Colusa County Board of Supervisors, Supervisor Mark Marshall presented the department with a resolution. Colusa Mayor Thomas Reische offered a proclamation on the city's behalf.
Also commemorating the department's 140 years of service were the California State Fire Fighters Association and the Colusa County Chamber of Commerce.
"One thing that remains stable is the commitment of the people that serve," Marshall said.