KING OF PRUSSIA VOLUNTEER FIRE COMPANY
TO CONVERT SOCIAL CLUB TO NEW DISTRICT COURT OFFICE
The King of Prussia Volunteer Fire Company has announced that the organization’s social club has been permanently closed effective January 1, 2018. For over fifty years, the club served as a gathering place for wedding receptions, birthday and retirement parties, meetings, lunch, dinner or just to meet with friends; the club transitioned a few years ago to a catering hall only. In addition, the fire company would annually host a breakfast with the Easter Bunny and breakfast with Santa Claus; while the auxiliary would host bingo and other fundraising activities.
As the community changed and continues to change, the competitiveness of similar establishments, the dwindling volunteer involvement and the profitability of traditional fraternal social clubs constantly decreased. The result has been the decision to find an alternate use of the facility.
In mid-November the fire company and Montgomery County agreed on the use of the facility as a District Court facility. Conversion of the facility will begin in January with anticipated occupancy of District Court 38-01-09 by mid year.
“While the club was a mainstay of fire company activity and financial support for decades, the last ten years were a struggle to staff it and to achieve financial goals”; said Fire Company President Bill Jenaway. “We truly appreciate the phenomenal support of the community over the years and thank them from the bottom of our hearts.”
Statewide, the number of traditional fire company social clubs has reduced over recent years. In all cases the reality is fewer people volunteer to operate them, they generate limited funding, and it takes away people and time from the operation of today’s fire service needs.
Look for additional information on the fire company facebook page and website.