The Town of Harpswell and its residents owe a huge debt of gratitude to its first responders - fire fighters and EMS (Emergency Medical Service) - who volunteer countless hours of their time and sometimes risk their safety and even their lives to rescue persons and property. On May 23, 2023, the Orr’s and Bailey Island Fire Department (OBIFD) held a BBQ and party at the Department to thank and honor all the responders for their service. This event coincided with the National EMS Week from May 21 - 27.
Food, fun, and fellowship were the order of the evening. The Department’s brand new Pierce pumper truck was on display for viewing and lots of photo ops. Eight of the responders were awarded the coveted (and high-end) "job shirts," collared quarter zip shirts manufactured for fire and EMS personnel bearing the department’s logo. The criteria for the award was going on 50 or more calls in the last calendar year.
Other EMS events that week included chair massages of shoulders and upper back for responders at the OBIFD, a "fire house subs" luncheon and meet-and-greet for all three Harpswell Departments at the Town House, and a Harpswell Neck Fire Dept. open house with tours of the station.