The Palm Coast Fire Department is celebrating its 50th anniversary.
The PCFD was established April 3,1973 with just 36 members, according to the city's website. In honor of the anniversary, the city is hosting a celebration event on Saturday, April 22 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
The celebration event will be held at Fire Station 21 at 9 Corporate Drive, Palm Coast. Saturday's event will have a fire truck display, station tour and ceremony to mark the occasion. It is free and open to the public to attend.
Fire Chief Kyle Berryhill, Palm Coast Mayor David Alfin and Rep. Paul Renner, speaker of the Florida House of Representatives, will all give remarks during the celebration.
Alfin read a proclamation at the April 18 City Council meeting recognizing April 2023 as the department's 50th anniversary.
"The Palm Coast Fire Department has been instrumental in saving
countless lives," Alfin read, "and protecting property from the devastating effects of fires and
Berryhill accepted the proclamation with the volunteer association's executive board by his side and members of the Palm Coast Professional Fire Fighters' executive board.
"We're just so proud of the job that these folks do every day protecting our community.," Berryhill said. "Our mission is to deliver the best service to our community every time and we do that in a variety of ways."
The department currently has five fire stations throughout the city and often works in conjunction with Flagler County, Flagler Beach and Bunnell first responders during emergencies. PCFD's first station is still in operation today, the historic Fire Station 22, located on the corner of Clubhouse Drive and Palm Coast Parkway.
"We love the support we receive from this community and the support received from administration, this council," Berryhill said. "We're committed to continuing to do our best job for another 50 years."