The Qualicum Beach Fire Department is inviting the public to help commemorate past and present members at a Fire Hall Open House in celebration of both Fire Prevention Week and their 75th anniversary on Saturday, Oct. 8. from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The celebration, that will take place at the fire hall on 130 Rupert Road East, will feature live demonstrations including a vehicle extrication and high-angle rope exercises.
Visitors are invited to operate a fire extinguisher, tour the fire hall, investigate fire trucks, learn about apparatus and tools, and visit memories from the past 75 years. There will be a hotdog barbecue and visits from Sparky, the fire department’s mascot.
This 75th anniversary is commemorated by a floral display in the Rotary Friendship Garden on Memorial Avenue, featuring a floral fire hydrant and a 75th anniversary logo. More than 325 red fibrous begonias were used to create the fire hydrant and a further 180 begonias and 144 alyssums for the main display. The garden was designed and planted by the town’s talented parks department staff and is a beautiful way to honour this significant anniversary as well as the Year of the Garden and Communities in Bloom.
The fire department has seen incredible growth from its beginnings to today’s fully operational composite department, currently consisting of 22 volunteer on-call members, four career staff, and one part-time administration staff. The department has grown from its first army truck fitted with a 300-gallon water tank to its current four front-line apparatus responding to over 300 incidents per year.
The success of the fire department has been attributed to its community volunteers who work hard to keep the community safe. Training and camaraderie form the backbone of the Qualicum Beach Fire Rescue Department’s accomplishments, with 152 training sessions in 2022 and over 445 in 2021 keeping the members always at the ready.
The town congratulates the Qualicum Beach Fire Department past and present members for the numerous achievements spanning 75 years and the many accomplishments still ahead.
— NEWS Staff, submitted