The village of Middleburgh celebrated its fire department Saturday, and it had a lot to be proud of.
The Middleburgh Volunteer Fire Department turned 125 this year and commemorated the occasion with a parade Saturday morning. Following the parade was a slate of activities that included a barbecue and live music by local country band Skeeter Creek. The celebration ended with a nighttime fireworks show.
Firefighting in the village can be traced back to 1780, when the first blaze was recorded. It wasn’t until January 1888, though, that the current fire department was formed.
In those days, firefighting involved the use of a bucket brigade, hand pumpers, hose cars, a steamer engine and a hook and ladder. Today, the Middleburgh Volunteer Fire Department has an active membership of 20, with a total membership of 30. These individuals are trained in a variety of firefighting skills, and they answer 150 to 200 calls a year.
It was honored in May with a resolution from the state Senate.