Singerly Fire Company officially kicked off an oral history initiative, the Singerly Listening Station, on July 12, 2014. Part of a larger process that is preserving and documenting the history of the department, the recordings will be archived in the company museum. Longer, raw footage is retained for research and future use. A shorter edited video production of about 10 minutes will feature highlights from each interview.
For the first session, fifteen of the most senior members gathered to reminisce and share memories, speaking from first hand knowledge and experiences.
In this interview, a past president and assistant chief, Walt Morgan, shares the story about over a half-century of volunteer service, having joined in 1961.
Look for additional screenings of interviews in the weeks ahead, as we archive and edit over 9 hours of recordings.
This is an ongoing process and a data collection strategy has been devised. The company started with the oldest members and in the months ahead more interviews will be done. In addition as command officers (administrative and line) retire from positions, they will be interviewed.
As we continue our work, here is Walt sharing the narrative about over a half-century of volunteer service in Elkton and Cecil County.