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Sparwood kids discover what it takes to be a firefighter

The kids of Sparwood got to enjoy all the perks of being a firefighter at Saturday’s Emergency Awareness Day festivities.

The event, hosted by the Sparwood Fire Department, encouraged children to participate in fun activities such as hosing down targets, riding alongside firefighters in the fire truck - bells and whistles included - and climbing to the top of the truck’s ladder.

“All the participants really enjoyed it and they were really enthusiastic about the day,” Jacob Isaacs with the Sparwood Fire Department said.

“We like to be open with the public as to what we do, who we are, where their tax dollars are going,” he added.

And although the festivities catered to children, parents had the opportunity to learn a thing or too as well.

Various booths were set up at the Recreational Centre providing the public with information on safety, bear awareness and emergency preparedness, something Isaacs said is a necessity in the Elk Valley.

“Being in the Elk Valley region, help can be a long ways away sometimes,” he noted.

“We like to promote the idea of getting certified in first aid and getting to know the people that are helping you and what they can provide for you when you get into trouble.”

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