When something’s been around for 100 years, there’s always a reason to celebrate, and that’s what the Ballston Lake Fire Department is doing. I enjoy finding out about how something began, how things have advanced through the years right up to how all of the modern things are today, which is what this Saratoga County volunteer fire department is celebrating.

Their story is almost the same for every fire department. It’s the old idea of something good came out of something bad. In this case, it was after a community suffered many losses from fires, with no fire department close enough to respond in time to battle those fires. The closest fire departments were Scotia and Ballston Spa. Something had to be done. That’s when some of the community members got together and started to build a local fire department that was closer to their community than the others.

100 years later after a lot of changes with housing for the fire department and of course equipment, The Ballston Lake Fire Department is celebrating with a community day on August 15 from 1:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m. at Fireman's Grove, on Main Street in Ballston Lake. It will be a day filled with family fun, food and a chicken barbecue for sale, raffles, country music by The Back 40 Band, fireworks and more. Tickets are $9.00 dollars in advance, $10.00 at the door, the day of the event. For more information, you can call 518-399-5152.

Ronald Dunn and Bro. Lou Roberts
Ronald Dunn and Bro. Lou Roberts (Richie Phillips/WGNA)

Ron Dunn, Commissioner from Ballston Lake Fire District 1 stopped by the studio and talked to me about their anniversary and Community Day. You can hear the conversation, which included plenty of historic information about the fire department' history and their upcoming Community Day, tomorrow morning (August 2) on Capital Region Sunday. The show will air between 6:00 a.m. and 6:10 a.m. on 107.7 WGNA. We will also air it again next Sunday (August 9) from 6:10 a.m. until 6:20 a.m.

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