The restored bell from Vernon’s original fire hall will be unveiled at the current fire hall Saturday.

The restored bell from Vernon’s original fire hall will be unveiled at the current fire hall Saturday.

Vernon fire hall celebrates 125 years

The ceremony will include the unveiling of the restored fire bell from the first fire hall

Vernon firefighters are celebrating 125 years of community service.

On Saturday, the Vernon Fire Department will hold a ceremony to mark its founding in 1891.

The ceremony, which runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., will include the unveiling of the restored fire bell that was mounted in the original fire hall.

“So many people and community minded businesses have contributed to this historical project,” said Keith Green, fire chief.

“We are lucky to live in a community where people are so kind with both their time and resources to make events like this come to reality.”

The restored fire bell is mounted into a brick arch that is based on the original fire hall’s architecture. The $30,000 restoration project included numerous financial and in-kind donations.

The bell will be unveiled at noon, while other activities include tours, a buy-a-brick fundraiser for $10 each, bouncy castle and family fun, an antique fire truck display at the fire hall and  the Greater Vernon Museum and face painting at the museum.

Residents can also enjoy burgers provided by the Lions Club for a donation.