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The Ladies Auxiliary of Pioneer Hose Fire Company

Early in 1933, a group of women from Osbornville undertook an ambitious project:  the formation of a Ladies Auxiliary to Brick Township's first Fire Company. They would be affiliated with the Pioneer Hose Company No. 1, which had organized only six years prior. The Ladies Auxiliary's charter was drawn and approved April 1934. The Auxiliary's first elected officers were:


ELLA OSBORN, President
MAY L. GANT, Secretary

The primary concern of this organization was to raise funds to help finance Pioneer Hose Company No. 1, which was still in its infancy.

The Ladies then, as now, solicited the aid of local residents, which at that time included Silverton, since that area was being served by Pioneer Hose. Money raised through card parties and dinners helped equip and maintain Brick Township's first organized Fire Company.


The Ladies Auxiliary has come a long way. In the early days, small kerosene stoves were used and the members had to bring their own pots, pans, dishes and silverware. Today they have a large restaurant-type range, coffeemaker and other necessary equipment.


In April of 1975, the Ladies Auxiliary were the first in Ocean County to join the Ladies Auxiliary of the State Firemen's Association. From that they were able to form the Ladies Auxiliary of the Ocean County Firemen's Association.


Through the years, the Ladies of Pioneer Hose Company No. 1 have not lost sight of the principal reason for their founding:  to aid those who fight fires. One time, at a fire of any duration, the ladies were always there serving coffee and sandwiches to the Firefighters of District No. 1.   Even though today, with coffee and sandwiches readily available via convenience stores, the Ladies have and always will stand by the Pioneer Hose Fire Company Firefighters through all types of incidents. 


Interested in joining the Ladies Auxiliary?  Email


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