Michigan's oldest operating fire department looking to get global recognition
MANISTEE COUNTY, Mich. (WPBN/WGTU) -- A northern Michigan fire department may soon get some worldwide recognition.
The city of Manistee Fire Department is the oldest operating firehouse in the state of Michigan.
Firefighters and city officials have now applied to the Guinness World Record.
They hope to get recognized as the ‘Oldest Continuously Manned Fire Station' in the world.
The department has been operating since 1888.
Artifacts that date back to when the station first operated are located in the station.
Officials like Fred LaPoint at the department have spent months gathering information and historical facts for the application.
“We want it to start from the standpoint of paying tribute to the guys that came before to the service they provided to the community in recognition of that service and in recognition that the structure is still intact and how everyone down through the years have preserved the heritage and the ability to serve the community,” said LaPoint.
The department has submitted more than 60 pages of documents to Guinness. LaPoint says it could take up to 15 weeks for the department to hear back on the status.