It was 80 years ago that the West Lake Fire Department was formed. This weekend, members celebrated that milestone. The celebratory banquet dinner was held at the Bel-Air to honor members, past and present.
Some of the attendees have been a part of the department for 45 years. The chief of the deparmtent says the whole dynamic of the fire service has changed over the past eight decades. West Lake Fire Chief Rick Schau says, “from equipment to stations to buildings, the township has grown from 1800 calls a year back then, maybe 200 to 300 [more] calls”.
Schau says his department, like most departments, can use new recruits. There will be an open house in October for anyone who may be interested in joining the fire department.