The Perth East Fire Department celebrated the 50th anniversary of its Sebringville fire station on Saturday with a parade through the heart of the hamlet and an open house with barbecue, kids' activities, and safety demonstrations.
The event continued in the evening with a dinner and speeches at the community centre.
Sebringville received its first fire hall in the early 1960s shortly after the formation of the Downie-Ellice Fire Area, and entered into a mutual aid pact with other departments throughout the County of Perth in 1966. After amalgamation, the Downie-Ellice department joined with the North and South Easthope departments in Shakesepare and Milverton, becoming known as the Perth East Fire Department.
The Sebringville station moved into a new building on Road 130 in 2008. It is currently staffed with a team of volunteer firefighters under the direction of Chief Gary Depatie and Deputy Chief Larry Lewis.