Nick McWilliams reporting – Despite occasional rain Saturday morning, the Dover Fire Department held a successful celebration of 150 years of service to the community.

Over the weekend, the department rolled out some of their equipment, put on demonstrations, and formally opened the doors of Fire House No. 2, which has been in operation since August of 2019, but the introductions had to wait due to the COVID pandemic.

Chief Russ Volkert, who gave an opening ceremony speech, says that through good days and bad, Dover and its residents can continue to depend on their safety forces.

“I’m proud to stand beside the members of the Dover Fire Department, and to be one of their numbered. You will not find a finer group of men who are devoted to their calling, and whop provide better service to their fellow man. The current 25 members of the Dover Fire Department represent a combined total of over 350 years of committed service.”

Residents were given tours of the fire house, while kids could also learn how to safely extinguish fires.

The department was first recognized in 1873, with operations having grown to fully staffed, 24-hour service.

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