Members of the Errington Volunteer Fire Department (EVFD) polished their fire engines and donned their turnout gear on Sunday, Oct. 16 and invited the community to come by fire hall number one for their annual open house.
Several families attended the educational event, which not only showcased the various skills members of the department require, but also provided an opportunity for children to take on some of the tasks of a firefighter.
Fire Chief Colin Catton said he was pleased with how many people turned out to show their support for the department.
The EVFD is hoping the event will also drum up some new recruits.
Information packages on what is involved in becoming a volunteer firefighter were picked up by about half a dozen people and Catton said it would be great if some of them came on board.
The volunteer firefighter member numbers are down significantly in Errington, and Catton has said if new recruits don’t come forward the level of fire protection in Errington could be in danger.
The open house also stressed the importance of earthquake awareness and included a table of items that people should consider putting into an earthquake emergency kit.
Those who took the time to check out the event were treated to complimentary hot dogs and burgers and left with a free smoke detector battery.