Chief Brian Enterline of the Harrisburg Bureau of Fire announced today that Allison Hook & Ladder Co. No. 2 is recognized as an Active and Participating member of the fire department. In a letter to the Company, Chief Enterline advised he had notified Harrisburg Mayor Papenfuse, the Harrisburg Firemen’s Relief Association, fellow active volunteer companies, Mount Pleasant No. 8, Camp Curtin No. 13 and the Office of Auditor General and the Office of the State Fire Commissioner.
The recognition comes after years of work to restore company membership and to recruit certified volunteer firefighters to assist the city in fire suppression as well as fire prevention activities.
In the early 1980’s a number of the once 16 volunteer fire companies were deactivated by city government for various reasons mostly linked to inactivity. The Allison who was chartered on January 16, 1906 lost its home when the city moved equipment to the then new Station 2. The members of the Allison maintained a dream of returning to active status and under the leadership of President Barry Buskey, rebuilt the company as they worked to rebuild the Allison fire house.
Allison firefighters will respond from Station 2. The Allison fire house remains the company’s official home just as it has since 1909 when the building was dedicated.
In his letter of reinstatement Chief Enterline wrote the following: “It is with great pleasure that I congratulate you on your hard work and dedication to once again being active in the Harrisburg Bureau of Fire. The Harrisburg Bureau of Fire has a long and rich history steeped in pride and tradition. I trust your company motto “We Kick For Our Rights” will continue to drive the great work your company will perform.”