EMMITSBURG, Md. (WDVM) — The Emmitsburg Vigilant Hose Company is the most visited firehouse in the entire world. The fire company keeps a log and records every person that comes to visit.
People come from all over to visit the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial. The memorial honors all men and women who died in the line of duty each year in the United States.
Thousands of people gather each year for the memorial ceremony that takes place in October. The Emmitsburg Fire House’s popularity can be accredited to the National Fire Academy.
“It is quite an honor, quite a distinction to be the most visited fire station anywhere. It has to do with the fact that all these men and women, about 500 per week are taking classes at the campus of the national emergency training center,” said Wayne Powell, of Vigilant Fire Hose Company of Emmitsburg.
The fire company was founded in 1884.