Main-Transit Fire Department was formed.
April 5th, 1936
The first recorded fire alarm.
Land for Station #1 is purchased.
Main-Transit merges with CVFD.
A new firehouse is constructed.
The 1st Main-Transit Firematic Competition Drill Team is formed.
1955 brought about the origination of the Slo-Pokes" Firematic Tournament Team. Original members included Russ Swanson, George Karl, Jr., Ron Chipman, Bob Leising, Jerry Hoffman, Horace Henning, John Ulrich, Art O'Leary, Earl Metzinger, Fred Wysocki and Al Maue. Each member contributed $5.00 towards the purchase of their racing vehicle, a 1949 Ford convertible. This became the first "C" truck. The old Engine #2 was used for a "B" truck.
Station #2 is Constructed
In 1965, Station #2 was constructed to house two pumpers and one rescue vehicle.
Start of the Annual Field Days
In the 1970's, the annual Field Days were held the second Saturday of every July. This major fund raising event involved the efforts of the entire fire department, their families, the Ladies' Auxiliary and the Exempts.
The Slo-Pokes are reborn.
1976 featured the rebirth of the "Slo-Pokes" Firematic Competition Drill Team.
Main-Transit experiences tremendous growth.
The 1980's found tremendous growth taking place all over the Town of Amherst, but the Main-Transit Fire Department experienced the fastest growth of all. Apparatus and equipment purchases were needed to keep pace with the growing residential and commercial populations, and Main-Transit increased to include 4 pumpers, 1 ladder truck, 2 rescue vehicles and 1 ambulance. Eventually, 3 chief vehicles and 2 utility vehicles were also purchased.
Main-Transit hosts their 1st NYS Championship Tournament and Parade.
The 1990's found Main-Transit hosting their first New York State Drill Team and Captains Associations' Championship Tournament and Parade. The department constructed the "George J. Karl Firematic Training Facility," named in honor of the late George Karl, Jr., past chief and former Slo-Poke team member (who was the only member of the Main-Transit Fire Department to have died in the line of duty). 2000's State Drill was the fourth time that Main-Transit has hosted the event since 1990.
Main-Transit hosts the Mercy Flight Charity Tournament
In June of 2001, Main-Transit hosts the Mercy Flight Charity Tournament. After the tragic events of September 11, 2001, the department's members raised over $21,000 for the families of the fallen firefighters in NYC, and sent a crew of four EMT's in our Resce 8 to assist at the scene.
...to be continued...
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