Pleasanton Weekly

News - August 2, 2013

Celebrating the Fire Department

Museum opens display, plans lecture and Fireman's Muster

The Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department will be celebrated this month with a series of events, including a Fireman's Muster on Main Street in downtown Pleasanton, "An Evening with Pleasanton Firefighters" at the Firehouse Arts Center, and "Courage Under Fire," an exhibit at Museum on Main.

The "Courage Under Fire" exhibit opened Wednesday and runs through Oct. 13. The display features historic photographs and artifacts from the founding of the all-volunteer Pleasanton Fire Department in 1888 through the incorporation of the joint Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department and into the present day. The museum is located at 603 Main St., and there is no fee for this special exhibit.

"An Evening with Pleasanton Firefighters" will take place at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 13, with firefighters from the past and present sharing experiences and memories. Speakers will include retired Fire Chief George Withers, Fire Marshall Scott Deaver and Fire Chief Jim Miguel.

They will talk about historic fires, such as those at Castlewood Country Club and Ruby Hill Winery, along with other memorable, and sometimes humorous, emergency incidents. A reception on the outdoor patio will take place immediately following the talk. For tickets, go to www.museumonmain.org.

The firefighting-themed events culminate with the Fireman's Muster on Saturday, Aug. 17, as antique and modern fire apparatus and equipment roll onto Main Street for a fun day of demonstrations, contests and food. Firefighting rigs and apparatus from across the state will be on display at the muster, including a 1928 Ahrens Fox Rig that was shipped to California in November 1963 through the Panama Canal from Ocean City, N.J.

Free activities will take place throughout the day on Main Street, including music by Tommy and the 4 Speeds, a bucket-brigade competition, motorized and hand-operated apparatus demonstrations, and children's activities.

A pancake breakfast prepared by the Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department Foundation for donations will kick off the day at 8 a.m. at Museum on Main. Later in the day, a $10 barbecue with tri-tip sandwiches will take place at Museum on Main from noon to 4:30 p.m.

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