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Added by TrekMedic on 12 May 2017 06:03
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Mahanoy City, PA

Mahanoy City, located not too far from my town, is a small, tight-knit town in the heart of Schuylkill County's coal mining region. Fun fact: Good American Co #4 was once known as the "German-American Co #4" and its members are still referred to as "Dutchies," which is a mispronunciation of "Deutsch!"
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Schuylkill Haven, PA

Like Mahanoy City, Schuylkill Haven is home to several small neighborhood fire companies.
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Tamaqua, PA

Tamaqua is the third Schuylkill County coal town with multiple fire companies
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So, all firetrucks are supposed to be red, right? Well, in the US, many volunteer fire companies began during the colonial era as community protection groups. Sadly, in those days, the English were content to let the Irish neighborhoods burn, the Irish feeling the same way about the Germans, the Germans about Italians and so on. Heck, there's even a Polish-American based fire company in a town near where I live! In those days, members wore uniforms or hats to identify their company membership. Over time, as the fire apparatus became mechanized, the companies "colors" were applied to the fire trucks. Since the fire service is steeped in traditions, these days those colorful trucks have become the symbols of their pride and identity, not unlike sports clubs (Man U's Red Devils, NY Yankees pinstripes, etc.,...)

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