Firefighter day provides chance to look inside emergency services

County fire brigades hosting second annual event

Published on July 25, 2014
An Onslow-Belmont fire truck, a Colchester Ground Search and Rescue truck, and some of the equipment used in emergencies are displayed prior to Saturday’s second annual Colchester Fire Fighters Association’s Firefighters Day. The event runs from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Colchester Legion Stadium parking lot and will feature numerous displays, interactive events, competitions and emergency service personnel to speak to. Submitted photo

TRURO – If you have any interest at all in emergency services, the Colchester Legion Stadium will be the place to be on Saturday.

Beginning at 2 p.m. is the second annual Colchester County Firefighters Association’s Firefighter Day.

“We want to get the firefighters working together and get the public more aware about what firefighters do,” said Vanessa Piercy, who is co-ordinating the event with Amy Hansen.

“We will have fire brigades from the entire county, and other emergency personnel such as Ground Search and Rescue, there. We will display all of our gear, have demonstration and interactive events for kids, and some competitions, with some being just for firefighters,” the Onslow-Belmont volunteer firefighter said.

The inaugural event last year was at the Nova Scotia Provincial Exhibition, but things have been changed up a bit this year.

“Things went well last year and we had a great turnout within the emergency services, but this year we wanted to experiment with a different venue,” Piercy said. “We wanted to try something a little different to see how it goes, with a more central location and not such a busy time.”

While it’s a chance for the public to get to know what emergency service personnel do, it’s also a chance for those interested in a possible career or volunteering to ask questions.

Along with firefighters and Ground Search and Rescue, Piercy said police agencies could be represented, and the Department of Natural Resources will be on site. Prizes are up for grabs to the public and even firefighters, and a charity barbecue will benefit the Atlantic Burn Camp in Cape Breton.

“This was something that happens a lot in other places and it used to be a popular event here,” she said, adding she wasn’t sure how long ago a similar event had taken place. “We haven’t done anything like this for the past few years (except for last year) and we’re hoping to get the public a lot more aware of the event.”

Kids train rides will also be on site, as will the burn safe house.

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The schedule of events is as follows:

- 2 p.m. – Forcible entry demonstration

- 2:10 p.m. – Department of Natural Resources pump relay

- 2:30 p.m. – Kids hose line – knock down some targets with a fire hose

- 3 p.m. – Gear up and hose rolling race; fire extinguisher demonstration

- 3:05 p.m. – Litter handling demonstration

- 3:30 p.m. – Thermal imaging camera interactive

- 4 p.m. – Firefighter’s obstacle race

- 4:30 p.m. – Kids throw bag event

- 5 p.m. – Knot tying, hoisting race

- 5:30 p.m. – Mock car crash