Providence Volunteer Fire Department, 1416 Providence Road, is eagerly awaiting the delivery of a new fire engine that will replace one that is 18 years old. The new engine, which cost $450,000,.is a 2013 Rosenbauer that will carry 1,000 gallons of water and can pump 1,500 gallons of water per minute.

This volunteer fire company was established in 1947 and its first call was to put out a chimney fire at Providence Methodist Church. The volunteers successfully extinguished the fire with no damage to the church using the small surplus civil defense pump on a trailer, which was the only equipment the company had at that time. The successful response to this fire helped confirm the need for a fire station in the area. Previously, some residents had doubted the need.

The need for fire service in the Providence Road area has increased dramatically over the years. In 2012, Providence volunteers responded to 1,000 calls. In addition to fire and emergency medical service calls, the company also performs community service teaching fire safety.

It takes money to keep the volunteer fire department running. Fifty-five percent the company's funds are raised through its annual fund drive and other fundraising events

Events remaining for this year include a Halloween party on Oct. 26 at the station starting at 630 p.m. for community children. The company also will have its annual Santa ride allowing kids to stop and talk to Santa as he rides through the community on a fire truck. Firefighter have been at Weber's Farm Fallfest every weekend from Sept. 21 to Oct. 27 giving children the opportunity to learn about fire safety. Volunteers from the station or auxiliary also will staff a Chick-fil-A fundraising night on Nov. 10 and a Fill the Boot on Nov. 29, 30 and Dec. 1. In 2014, the company will hold-a bull roast, basket bingo and golf tournament. It also hosts children's birthday parties all year around ( with certain exceptions).

For more information about these fundraisers or to donate or volunteer, go to wwwpvfc29.com, email information@pvfc29.com or call the station at 410-828-9029.

Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 8501 Loch Raven Boulevard, has scheduled a year of concerts, free and open to the public. The first at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 27 is an organ concert featuring the organists from St. Isaac Jogues, St. Joseph Fullerton, St. Ursula and Immaculate Heart performing on the church's Schantz pipe organ. Other concerts throughout the year feature Dr. Mary Beth Bennett playing works by Bruhns, Vierne, Andriessen, Beethoven and Bach, among others; a Festival of Lessons and Carols for Advent; the choirs of Calvert Hall College High School, Chorus of the Chesapeake and the Baltimore Flute Choir. Most will be held at the church and a free-will offering will be taken. For dates, time and locations, go to http://www.immaculateheartofmary.com or call the church at 410-668 7935.

And you still have time to get to the church's blood drive tomorrow, Oct. 24 from 1 to 7 p.m. in Cartwright Hall at the church. Call 410 663 4357 for an appointment.

Kids can trick or treat at Hiss United Methodist Church Trunk or Treat (car trunks hold the treats) Oct. 27 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The church is located at 8700 Harford Road.

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