The Kanab Fire Department is celebrating its 60th Anniversary with a picnic at Jacob Hamblin Park on Saturday, May 23 from noon until 2 p.m.

 The volunteer department was established in May 1949, with 16 members, a three-ton fire truck, 600 feet of fire hose, and smoke masks for the crew. Since then the department has continued to evolve as the result of constant training and the purchase of modern equipment. Its members protect Kanab through prevention and education efforts, and by responding to fires, hazardous materials incidents, vehicle extrication emergencies, and a variety of other dangerous situations.

 Kanab residents are invited to join the celebration on May 23, where you can meet the members of your fire department and see our latest gear, including the new state-of-the-art fire engine. Chief Joe Decker wishes to extend a special invitation to all former members of the department, so we can shake the hands of those who paved the way over the past 60 years.

 Those interested in joining the department can speak with our uniformed officers at the picnic or stop by the station during our weekly meetings on Thursdays at 7 pm. Volunteers receive great training as well as a small stipend once they become full members of the department.