You don’t have to be a kid to want to climb aboard a modern fire engine and take a look around, and this Saturday’s Charlie Lake Fire Department (CLFD) open house is your chance.
The CLFD took possession of a new tender, engine and support vehicle in 2020, and Saturday’s open house is a chance to show people the firefighting equipment that helps to protect lives and property in the Charlie Lake Fire Protection Area, says CLFD Fire Chief Ed Albury.
“We want the public to see the new equipment we purchased to help protect them in case of a fire. Everyone who’s interested – kids and adults — will be more than welcome to climb onto the apparatus and have a look around,” says Albury. “It’s also a chance for people to meet our firefighters, chat with them, take photos and understand something about what it’s like to be a firefighter.”
The event is open to anyone, not just Charlie Lake residents. Precautions against the spread of COVID-19 will be in place. People will be asked to enter the firehall through the front door and to wear masks during the event, except when enjoying a complimentary hamburger or hot dog and soft drinks. There will be also fire prevention hand-outs and activity booklets for kids.
“Our volunteer firefighters are the pride of Charlie Lake, going far beyond what it means to serve one’s community,” says PRRD Board Chair and Electoral Area C Director Brad Sperling. “I’m looking forward to Saturday’s event as an opportunity for people of all ages to enjoy some food and drink, share information, put some names to faces and connect community members to the people who do so much to protect lives and property in Charlie Lake.”
The event takes place Saturday, September 4 from 10am to 2pm at the Charlie Lake Fire Hall, 13065 Firehall Road in Charlie Lake, north of Fort St John.