Wanamassa Fire Company is Theme of New Exhibit at Ocean Township Museum

  • Source: The Coaster
  • Published: 10/20/2021 02:52 PM

The company’s vintage fire engine will be on hand. The public is invited. As early as 1910, residents of Wanamassa organized to protect against fire. In February of that year, volunteers formed the Iona Park (a section of Wanamasssa) Fire Company, an unofficial organization that housed its single piece of equipment—a hand-drawn chemical unit donated by the Spring Lake Fire Company— in the garage of member Joseph Smith. The Township recognized the new fire company and created Fire District 2. (Oakhurst Fire District 1 dated from 1913.) In February 1922, Wanamassa voters elected their first fire commissioners and passed their first fire budget ($3,000). The story of the Wanamassa Fire Company is one of community service and dedication.


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