FSMFD to celebrate 100 years of service in community


The Franklin Square and Munson Fire Department is a pillar of safety in the community. To celebrate its 100th year of service in Franklin Square, Garden City South and parts of West Hempstead, neighbors are invited to the department’s parade on June 1.

The Franklin Square and Munson Fire Department got its start a century ago when the Franklin Square Hose and Chemical Company merged with the Franklin Hook and Ladder Company of Munson.

Fire department Chief Michael Multari is excited to celebrate this milestone alongside neighbors and members of the department.

Max Brunhuber, captain of the department’s junior firefighters, is excited to be a part of the historic celebration.

(It will be a) really fun time and great way for the community to come together and celebrate,” Brunhuber said of the parade.

The parade will start at the firehouse on Lincoln Boulevard at 6 p.m. and should last about 45 minutes as it continues down Hempstead Turnpike, ending at Renken Boulevard.

Afterwards, there will be a small celebration at the Plattduetsche Park Restaurant after where community members can gather at the pavilion for an $8 entry fee. The 90s Band will be performing at the outdoor stage. There, in addition to the food and beverages that the Plattduetsche regularly offers, the fire department will be selling t-shirts and holding raffles.

Neighboring fire departments, the Community League of Garden City South and American Lodge 2245 will join the parade. Any other community groups that would like to march in the parade can reach out to the fire department at chiefs@fsmfd.com.

During the parade the fire department will hand out commemorative journals that they have assembled with the help of the Franklin Square Historical Society while supplies last. The journal includes the history of the fire department from day one, with the number of members involved to their names. The journal will be free to the public.

Community members are encouraged to join the parade and the celebration at the park, which will last until 11 p.m.