NEW GLASGOW – It was a special day on Saturday for local fire departments that combined to celebrate Fire Prevention Week in Pictou County.
Joe MacDonald, chief of the Barney’s River Fire Department helped to organize events that included a display of various fire trucks, emergency vehicles and a rubberize rescue boat from Pictou County’s fire departments at Wal-Mart.
MacDonald has been in the fire service for more than 30 years and fire chief in Barney’s River off-and-on for nearly 20 years.
A miniature fire truck was recently constructed to appeal to the many youngsters who were brought to the display.
Kids were able to honk horns, ring bells, get into fire trucks behind the steering wheel in the rear crew cab seats and enjoy equipment placed in a miniature model fire truck built to appeal to kids.
All county departments had an apparatus and members were available at the display to answer questions, let the public view the gear and welcome anyone interested in the fire service to fill in an application form.
Fire Prevention Week is observed in Pictou County and throughout Canada. It officially began on October 7 and continues to October 13.
A parade followed the display session, with vehicles leaving for Westville and proceeding through Stellarton, New Glasgow and Trenton before the parade ended in Pictou.
Merigomish Fire Department hosted an open house on Saturday, one of a number of such events local fire departments will host this week.
Caileag Oakley peers through the window hole of a miniature model fire truck built to appeal to kids. (Goodwin photo)