• I heard there is going to be a special AFD Commemorative Badge too, is that right?
From 1909 through the early 1980s, the AFD utilized an oval shaped badge with a badge number prominently displayed in the center (click here for a photo) . In honor of the department's anniversary, these old-style badges will be reissued and used for the year, as well as be presented to all surviving retired members of the AFD. David Lewis, curator of the Aurora Regional Fire Museum, is working hard to compile a complete roster of all the paid firefighters in the history of the Aurora Fire Department. Using this information, badge numbers will be assigned based on seniority.
• How can we help?
Start doing some informal PR and marketing. Add the anniversary events to your calender, and start talking it up to your friends, neighbors, church groups, scout groups, and at other venues.
Plan on volunteering to work during the event for a few hours. We'll need lots of help setting-up, selling food selling, and managing all the demonstrations and children's activities on Friday Saturday and Sunday.
Join us! Volunteer to serve on a committee, or There are lots of projects to get involved in, both now and as we get closer to the event. If you have any interest, you're invited to attend the next Planning Committee meeting (see below) where you can volunteer (or get volunteered) to serve on a committee, or simply contribute your suggestions and ideas.
• What can the Retired firefighters do?
We're not asking for much... just come and join us in celebrating your heritage! Make a day -- or a weekend -- out of the event and bring all your friends and family.
We plan on having vintage apparatus available to carry retired firefighters in the parade on Saturday, and there will be lots of activities that afternoon for your families kids, and grandkids, and there will be plenty of shady places to sit down and catch up with old friends.
On Sunday we encourage you to join us for a Aurora Fire Department "Reunion" Picnic to be held on the grounds of the Aurora Regional Fire Museum following a non-denominational memorial service.
• Who is on the 150th Planning Committee?
Meeting on average of every two weeks, the AFD's 150th Planning Committee is made up of more than 30 individuals from the fire department, the Aurora Regional Fire Museum, the City of Aurora, the Fox Valley Park District, and members of the local business community. All are welcome! Interested in joining us at our next meeting? Send us an e-mail and we'll send you the details.