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The crowd arrives early for the Friendship Firehouse celebration Aug. 6. Special events lined S. Alfred Street with community booths, a hands-on firefighting opportunity for children, free shiny red helmets, antique and modern fire trucks on display and the sale of limited edition firemarks to support the conservation fund. Proceeds from this event and others will help fund the preservation of two firefighting vehicles through efforts of the Friendship Veterans Fire Engine Association. The Rodgers Suction Engine, built in 1851 and the Prettyman Hose Carriage, built in Alexandria in 1858 are currently located in the Friendship Firehouse Museum.