No open house this year
The Pembroke Fire Department is not holding an open house this year, but intends to next year at its new fire hall.
Pembroke residents will have to do without one Thanksgiving tradition this year – the fire department's open house.
Usually held on the Saturday during Fire Prevention Week, which this year runs Oct. 8 to 14, the event has proven popular, attracting 400 to 500 people. It was a chance for the public to meet the chief and firefighters, see the gear and fire trucks, and view fire extinguisher demonstrations, an aerial ladder climb, try out the hose stations which gives kids a chance to use one of the tools of the firefighters' trade, get a chance to examine the water rescue boat, the Bickle antique fire truck and the aerial truck close up, and take tours of the fire hall.
During Tuesday's meeting of the finance and administration committee, Dan Herback, Pembroke's fire chief, said this year there won't be an open house, but promised a better one next year.
He said members of the professional firefighters were big sponsors of the Dr. Kim Armstrong Turkey Trot, which wrapped up last weekend, and with plans in motion to prepare and make the big move to a new fire hall next year, there is simply too much going on to organize and hold an open house.
“I know this will be missed, but I am hoping to have a really awesome one in 2018 at the new fire hall,” Herback said. That construction project is expected to be completed in the spring, with the firefighters moving in shortly after it is open.
While it won't be inviting people over to the Victoria Street station, the department will be taking part in Fire Prevention Week activities. This year's theme is “Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!” Smoke and fire spread fast and there’s no time to figure out how to escape after a fire starts. This is why it is so important that everyone has working smoke alarms in their home and that they practice a home fire escape plan with everyone in their household before there’s a fire.
Herback said they will get an early start on the week at Saturday night's Pembroke Lumber Kings game with a display booth set up inside the Pembroke Memorial Centre. Two smoke alarm exchanges will also be held at Giant Tiger on Tuesday Oct. 10, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and at Moncion Metro on Thursday, Oct. 12, also from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Bring in an old smoke alarm a,d receive a new one while supplies last.