Rides, games of chance, food concessions, raffles, bake goods sales, log sawing and livestock competitions — it takes a lot of manpower for Kimberton Volunteer Fire Co. to mount its annual summer fair.
This year, fortunately, the company will have six additional able-bodied volunteers to lend a hand when the fair opens on July 21.
The six new helpers were added to the fire company’s roster of volunteer members as the direct result of a recently launched Volunteer Retention & Recruitment Campaign.
“We picked up the six new members just in the past six months, which is phenomenal,” said Jay Pollinger, Kimberton FC chief.
“When the public hears that a volunteer fire company needs more members, they immediately think it’s to fight fires,” Pollinger continued. “Not so. Firefighting is, of course, our reason for being. But if a potential volunteer feels firefighting isn’t right for him, he can perform other important tasks, all of which help keep the company operational. For instance, we do pool fills, run a daycare center, maintain an active banquet hall, perform a variety of fundraising activities [such as the upcoming fair], write applications for grants, conduct recruitment programs and tend to administrative duties. It boggles the mind what we have to offer.
“We are a unique beast in the county,” Pollinger concluded. “There is always something to do in the firehouse. These volunteers are just as important as the volunteers who run emergency calls.”
Kimberton’s Volunteer Retention & Recruitment Campaign is financed by a grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Monies received are used to underwrite the production of recruitment literature, videos and websites. One of the most effective tools, purchased with FEMA funds, is the digital electronic sign posted on Route 113 at the entrance to the fire company property.
“It does absolute wonders,” said Pollinger. “You can’t miss it.”
The Kimberton Fair runs from Monday through Saturday at the fairgrounds.