‘It should be on everyone’s mind to do this type of thing all the time’
DEBERT – The air was filled with sirens here Sunday night as about a dozen trucks kicked off Fire Prevention Week with a parade.
Robert Logan, deputy chief of the Salmon River and District Volunteer Fire Brigade, said the idea came about four years ago.
“We decided it would be a great idea to kick off the week with the parade,” he said of the firefighters from the various county departments and the Colchester Fire Fighters Association. “The plan was to start in Debert and head to Brookfield – we can cover most of the (fire) districts from Debert to Brookfield. It’s raising awareness for everyone to think about Fire Prevention Week. It should be on everyone’s mind to do this type of thing all the time, not just one week every year.”
While not all departments joined the parade at the Debert hall on Carter Road, Logan said many would join them, as well as leave, along the way.
“The plan is to put the rest of the trucks from the departments in as we come to their district. Onslow will catch us as we go, and go as far as North River, when North River will then join in.”
At any given time, Logan estimated upwards of about 20 different trucks, as well as firefighters, would be along the route.
“The number of people watching varies from year to year, but they do come out as we go by and that’s what we’re aiming for,” he said. “Plus, it gives the firefighters a chance to come together to mingle and check out the other departments’ gear.”
With this year’s theme being kitchen safety, Logan and other firefighters are reminding residents to be smart in the kitchen.
“One of the biggest things we see is people cooking in oil, like French fries. That’s a big no-no. People need to have proper deep fryers for that,” he said, with another firefighter chiming in not to throw water on a grease fire.
Along with the parade, many of the departments are hosting, or have already hosted, open houses, with Salmon River’s being on Thursday. Some of the departments will also be working with their local schools on fire prevention and drills.