Joni and her group at KBB once again provided all the food used to feed Santa and his Elves on Christmas Eve. That’s breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Thanks again to Joni and the group for helping make the Santa Express possible.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to everyone. A belated thank you to the Hampton Family, Dennis, Val, Alaina and Matt Steinbugl for cooking breakfast and lunch for the elves while they decorated the apparatus. Even little Carter helped carry some radio equipment and hold doors for Mr. Prestia. Also, Elaine Prestia, for cooking the evening meal for a bunch of hungry elves when the Express was over.
The routes for the 2016 Christmas Eve Santa Express by the Alpha Fire Company can be found by clicking the links below.
You can also watch Santa in real time by going to the website aprs.fi from any Internet connected computer. If you find yourself in Helsinki, Finland on this site just put State College, PA in the appropriate block on the right and press Enter. Look for SANTAE and SANTAW. You might see the ELVES too, they are experimenting with a new toy.
We regret that we can’t go everywhere in the Centre Region because of time and space limitations (some of the sleighs are pretty big). We have a plan for responding to calls while the Express is moving but if there is a significant fire or other emergency (we hope not) Santa and the Elves have to answer the call to duty.2016 Santa Express Route EAST
2016 Santa Express Route WEST
The Alpha Fire Company plans to conduct the annual Santa Express again on Christmas Eve, 2016. The elves are tweaking the routes which we will publish on the website as soon as they are finalized. Expect a few minor changes as some of the ‘sleighs’ have difficulty crossing some locations. We wouldn’t want Santa to be delayed.
The 2015 Santa Run is in the history books now. As always, it’s our way of saying thank you to the citizens of the Centre Region. We owe a special thanks to:
- Joni Teaman Spearly Group (Joni Teaman Spearly, Aliana Hampton Steinbugl, and Lindsey Rimmey) at KBB Real Estate for again supplying all of the food to feed the firefighters and their families decorating the apparatus and making the Run. This includes everything for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
- The Hampton family, Dennis, Valerie, Alaina Hampton Steinbugl, Matthew Steinbugl, Carter Steinbugl, and friend Ashley Corvin, for cooking ALL day. Dennis is a Life member of the Alpha Fire Company.
- The Centre Region Council of Governments for allowing us to carry on this tradition.
This year we had a special guest. Former Alpha member and Assistant Chief F. Tom Hand who started this tradition 25 years ago rode in the officers seat of 517 (the Western Route) for part of the convoy. Thank you Chief for coming back to celebrate this with us.
Happy Holidays. Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night.
Update: Google Maps of the routes are available. Click on one of the links available at the end of this post.
The Alpha Fire Company is pleased to announce that as he has done for over 20 years, Santa Claus will visit the Centre Region on Christmas Eve. Nicknamed “The Santa Run”, the Alphas provide Santa with two of our big red sleighs to ride through our community’s neighborhoods. Links to routes are at the end of this article. [Read more…]
On the morning of February 2, 2015 a member of the Alpha Fire Company posted a tweet to advise followers that East College Avenue was closed due to a serious motor vehicle accident. Sadly, this accident resulted in a fatality. The tweet included a photograph depicting the severity of the crash.
This tweet should not have included a photo. The intent of the person posting was to explain the reason for the road closure, remind people that the roads are more treacherous than many believe, and that the road will be closed for an extended period. This could have, and should have, been conveyed without inclusion of the photo.
We truly regret any harm to any person who was upset or offended by the posting of this photograph. It was unnecessary, it is inconsistent with our policies, and we regret the action.
Questions regarding this information may be directed to: Steven W. Bair, Centre Region Fire Director: 814-237-4127.
Click on the titel of this post to see the link to the 2015 training calendar for the Alpha Fire Company.
All the Sleighs have returned to the North Pole. Click on the title of this post to see our thank yous for this run: [Read more…]
Special shout out to the Joni Teaman Spearly Group at KBB Real Estate for providing food for the firefighters preparing for the Santa Express. Also, Life Member Dennis Hampton and his family for preparing the food today.