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Firefighter’s Union 452 presents Fire in the Park

On Sat. July 16, the Vancouver Firefighter’s Union Local 452 will present their annual Fire in the Park event. This event allows the public to interact with firefighters and learn about firefighting and fire safety, all while supporting local first responders. Kicking off at 10 a.m. and lasting until 3 p.m., it is located in Esther Short Park and is free to the public.

There will be many activities for families to enjoy, including special events throughout the day. Children are welcome at this event, and if they complete all of the safety stations will receive a free all-sport helmet. There will also be a kid’s firefighter challenge, as well as lessons in first-aid in the American Medical Response’s Teddy Bear Clinic.

Home Depot will be at the Fire in the Park event teaching children how to use safety tools while building something cool. Families are welcome to take pictures with Disaster Dog who will be at the Red Cross Vehicle at 10:30, 12:30 and 2:30.

In addition to the safety stations, all visitors will be able to see fire trucks and learn about fire safety and emergency preparedness, including when to dial 911. Attendees will be able to interact with firefighters, as well as emergency medical technicians, and learn about their jobs.

All proceeds raised at Fire in the Park will go to benefit the Vancouver Community Assistance Fund. This fund provides immediate short-term support of people emergency workers encounter during emergency and non-emergency situations.

Examples of the use of funding are diverse and according to the event website include “groceries to help a single mother feed her children,” as well as “buying firewood to help an elderly couple heat their home.” Additionally, the program helps provide low-income children with quality winter coats as part of the “Coats for Kids” program.

For more information about the event or the services it supports, visit fireinthepark.org or the Fire in the Park Facebook page.

Photo credit: Fire in the Park

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