From left, Sabrina Correa, Mia Albertorio and Laura Pappas work on a mural being painted on the bay doors of the Campbell Fire Station in preparation of the volunteer fire department’s 50th anniversary celebration next weekend. Correa and Pappas are art students at Texas A&M University-Commerce who were brought on to paint the mural.

The Campbell Volunteer Fire Department will be celebrating 50 years of service, and it wants the community to join in the fun.

CVFD will host its 50th anniversary party on July 20 at the fire station. The department, formed in 1969, will have several former members, including some from the first year of operation, on hand to help celebrate.

Assistant Chief Marcus Arvie said that this event is a continued effort to get more involvement in the community,

“This is our second big event in the last year to get community involvement,” Arvie said. “This also gives us a chance to reunite with old members and show how far we’ve come in 50 years.”

Arvie says the event will feature a fish fry, a bounce house, raffle prizes, fire station tours and fireworks at the end of the night. The event is also free to the public.

Also to celebrate the half-centennial, a mural is being painted on the station’s bay doors by Texas A&M University-Commerce art students Sabrina Correa and Laura Pappas. CVFD firefighter Cody Glenn said that the mural is a “celebration” of the department’s history as well as a move forward for the future.

“This is a way for us to not only improve our department but improve our community with this great art project as well,” Glenn said.

The 50th anniversary event will be held July 20 from 4-8 p.m. at the Campbell Fire Station, located at the corner of West Main Street/FM 499 and South Patterson Street/FM 513.