Operation Santa Claus Continues Tradition


Staff Report

For the third year in a row, Carlisle Fire Company will be hosting Operation Santa across Milford and surrounding communities.Santa Claus will be riding a firetruck through the streets of the Greater Milford Area while passing out candy canes to all. The event will take place on Sundays December 3 and 10 from 12 to 5pm. Residents will be able to hear air horns and sirens, when Santa is near.

The Carlisle Fire Company began Operation Santa in 2015, with a small group of members that planned the travel routes and decided to give it their best shot.  “It worked perfect, and we continued on with this yearly tradition,” said Carlisle Past President Ryan Knowles. “We all love doing it because it gets us out into the public. We want to show the public that we are here for the good times, not just the bad times.”

The volunteer-driven company hopes to teach local families about tradition. The tradition of passing along the want to help others and the duty to be there for neighbors.  “[Our] favorite part is when we can round a street corner and look ahead and see the kids, parents and even grandparents so excited to see us, said Knowles. “Santa is for everyone, and we are here for everyone.”

The Carlisle Fire Department will attempt to hit almost every street in the city of Milford but with time restraints this may not always be possible. Members of Carlisle ask that residents go to their closest intersection and meet Santa there if he does not pass directly in front of their house.

Milford has had a fire company since January 26, 1802 when a law passed by the General Assembly allowed Milford to incorporate a company in the city. Members were required to meet every year on the first Saturday in February to elect officers. In 1869, the town formed the Milford Hook and Ladder Company, and the company was equipped with a hand-drawn hook and ladder truck from Rumsey Company of New York. The first truck was housed in a building located behind what was then W.A. Humes Hardware Store, now home to the Mispillion Art League.

The organization was renamed The Carlisle Fire Company on November 12, 1918 in honor of Paris T. Carlisle, IV, an active member of the Milford Fire Company who fought in World War I and never returned. Carlisle was killed in action on October 6, 1918 near the Meuse River in France. The newly formed Carlisle Fire Company purchased the site of their former firehouse in 1922 on land that once was home to the Barto Shirt Factory, in operation from 1900 to 1921, before it burnt to the ground in a fire in 1921. The Carlisle Fire House was completed in 1925 and was occupied until moving to its present day location at 615 NW Front Street in 1978.

Today, the Carlisle Fire Company has approximately 94 members and twelve pieces of equipment. The organization is currently accepting application for members in many different roles within the company. For more information individuals are encouraged to visit http://www.carlisle42.com.

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“The general public thinks that we do this for them, but in actuality, I think everyone who participates from Carlisle enjoys this more than anyone standing on the street waiting for us,” said Knowles. “With us being a rather large city, we want to make sure people know that we appreciate their support throughout the year and that we are here to support them.”

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