been much written about the Firemen's Fair. Many of us locals have been
there, enjoyed the food and rides, seeing friends and neighbors and
having a positive addition to the end of summer. What often doesn't get
discussed is what goes on behind the scenes during the year and why the
Fire Company is an important community asset.
It's not just the
Fair that highlights their astute organizational nature. The Fair Haven
Fire Company holds a long tradition of highly productive teamwork during
extraordinary situations, illustrating the strength and impact that
citizens can have on their community.
It takes tremendous time,
planning, training and engagement to run every aspect of the Fire
Company—from the Fire Department, Fire Police, First Aid Squad and
Through volunteering with the Fire Company local citizens,
families and kids come together as responsible members building up the
fabric of their community. Former Fire Chief Jim Cerruti, who narrates
the film explains, "The common thread that runs through everyone is the
willingness, or even the need to give back."
Not only is
the Firemen's Fair a strong tradition, but the Fire Company's model
illustrates solid democratic principles at work.
"Every decision is made
through a vote of the membership. Anyone who is a member has a right to
voice an opinion and whether you disagree with someone who is sitting
at the end of the table or not, you can't just let it disappear or just
roll over from one administration to another, otherwise nothing would
change, nothing would get better," says Jim Cerruti.
This is a
story of public service and volunteering at its best — proudly
American — giving back to families, friends and children in the most
genuine and memorable way. Enjoy and please let me know what you think
of the film.