Solebury School Partners with Local Fire Station, Houses Engine on Campus

In 2016, Solebury School's Director of Facilities Brad King and Director of Safety Jim Becker had an idea. Both active volunteer firefighters, they saw an opportunity to give back to the community while strengthening the safety of Solebury School's campus. "Why not house an engine here at Solebury School?" asked Jim Becker, a retired Naval Fire Chief. "We had the space and four volunteer firefighters already on staff. With an engine on campus, we could better protect our community and the surrounding area." In December 2016, Solebury School received its fire engine, which supports Station 64, located around the corner on Sugan Road in New Hope.

Jim and Brad also helped revitalize Station 64, one of New Hope's two main fire stations, making updates to the building and helping the Company bring additional resources to protecting the community. As a result, Station 64 is fully operational today. In late 2017, Solebury School's Jim Becker, Kevin Crossen, Brad King, and Peter Redmond, along with Station 46 fireman Anthony Mancini, received the Chief's Award given to "Station 64 in recognition for outstanding performance as a team and putting 64 back in our boxes."

"We are really proud of our partnership with Eagle Fire Company and Solebury Township," said Brad. "We take our promise to protect very seriously. Having Station 64 back online and a fire engine here on campus makes our job much easier."

(shown in photo, from left: Jim Becker, Kevin Crossen, Peter Redmond, and Brad King of Solebury School holding the Chief's Award, given for their work on Station 64)