At last year’s open house volunteer firefighter Paul Clarke helped Colwood resident Ashton Webb, 7, practise using a fire hose. Visitors could hear about what firefighters do, learn some home fire protection techniques, go for a ride in a fire truck, grab a snack and check out the department’s historical displays. (Don Descoteau/News Gazette staff)

Colwood Fire opens its doors to the public this Sunday

Annual open house event has something for everyone

If you’re looking for something fun to do with the family or are curious about what goes on at that big building on the corner of Metchosin and Wishart roads, this Sunday’s event is for you.

Colwood Fire Rescue is hosting their annual open house from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on June 11 at the fire hall, 3215 Metchosin Rd, and there’s plenty of fun to be had for the entire family.

“We take a lot of pride in the department,” said Capt. Bryan Erwin. “It’s an opportunity to showcase that for the community.”

Colwood firefighters and Sparky the Fire Dog will be at the hall for members of the community to meet. There will also be opportunities to ride in a fire engine (due to the booster seats required for smaller children there are some height and weight restrictions) and you can also try out a fire hoses or fire extinguishers, tour the Firefighters’ Museum, see how the “Jaws of Life” are used, and learn how to become a volunteer firefighter.

“It’s a great family event,” Erwin said, adding the department also likes to include a public education component whenever possible so there are lots of interactive displays and demonstrations for all ages.

When the weather’s nice, past events have seen upwards of 600 people attend in those few short hours, so organizers suggest getting in line for the fire truck rides early. If there’s rain on the day, Erwin noted there’s room inside the hall to have all of the activities moved indoors.

“It’s been very successful in the past,” he said, adding a special thanks to Seafirst Insurance Brokers, who will be sending a team of volunteers to sell hot dogs and refreshments by donation in support of the Colwood Volunteer Firefighters’ Scholarship Fund.

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