Firefighting Vehicles line up during the celebration in Kell.
Kell Fire Protection District Celebrates 50th Year
"It was difficult because we didn't have any money to back this up. We just had the trucks, the helmets, the gloves, and the raincoat. But it was better than nothing, and we saved some houses and vehicles" Rollinson said.
Rollinson was also the department's second chief. Current Chief Lonnie McDaneld had a good time remensening with the firefighters who served the department over the years.
"There have been several changes, thats what a lot of [older firefighters] have said. They talk about how much thing have changed since they were on the department" McDaneld said.
McDaneld says the department now has nine modern trucks in its fleet and its full force of 18 firefighters who are all equipped with personal gear that meet current regulations.
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