WEST VALLEY—Back in November of 1914, the West Valley Volunteer Hose Company got its start with only a two-wheeled hose cart with a few hundred feet of canvas hose, a nozzle and buckets. Now 100 years later, the WWVHCo is still in operation.
WWVHCo will be celebrating its 100th birthday Saturday, Aug. 9 with an event at the Fireman’s Memorial Banquet Hall & Training Center, located at 9085 Route 240 in West Valley.
The WVVHCo has made a great impact on Ashford and West Valley and the community appreciates all that they do. Nevella McNeil, whose husband and two brothers were all members of the WVVHCo, knows firsthand how important the fire company is to the community.
“The men who formed the hose company and the generations of many of the same families over the course of the hundred years is important in a small town to have that kind of volunteerism,” said McNeil. “They are well known in Cattaraugus County because of the West Valley Demonstration Project and are an integral part in providing fire coverage all these years.”
The event will kick off at 7 p.m. with live music from The Porcelain Busdrivers. Starting around 9:30 p.m., there will be a fireworks display with live music to continue afterward until 11 p.m.
“It’s a fun little birthday party, we want everyone to celebrate with us,” said WVVHCo Treasurer Mychelle McNeil-Wedvik.
There will also be historical displays to showcase the history of the fire company over the past 100 years that will show everything from old artifacts to trucks. There will also be a display showing how much different it is to become a firefighter today than it was 100 years ago.
Complimentary finger foods will be provided and beverages will be available for purchase.
Admission to the event, food, music and fireworks are free.