17 June, 1992
Fire Department Parade
The Princeton Firemen’s Annual Inspection Parade will be held on Friday, June 26. Fire Chief Joseph Myers announced that the parade will start at 7 p.m. at the corner of Nassau and Chestnut Streets, and then go west on Nassau Street to Borough Hall.
Ceremonies after the parade will include awards for members having more than 25 years of active service with the Princeton Fire Department. The firefighters and fire equipment will then be inspected by the visiting judges and members of Borough Council and Township Committee.
This year’s march will include the three fire companies that make up the Princeton Fire Department: Princeton Hook and Ladder, Mercer Engine Co. No. 3, and Princeton Engine Co No. I; the Princeton First Aid Squad, Ladies Auxiliary marching units, and three bands.
The first Fireman’s Inspection by the governing body was requested by Fire Chief John J. Stryker on July 5, 1884. The inspection was held July 10 in front of Mercer Hall which was located on Nassau Street, between Tulane Street and Allen’s. The Fire Department at this time showed off some of its newest equipment, such as a canvas jacket, a rubber hose. and an 1883 Rumsey and Company horse-drawn ladder truck. In 1883, the first fire hydrants were installed and a local news-paper commented that the “roads were once again passable” now that the work was complete.
The Princeton Fire Department invites all residents to the parade and ceremonies.