The Robson Volunteer Fire Department added the Al Lonneberg Fire Safety Award to their trophy cabinet in 2017. File photo

Event Saturday as Robson Fire Department celebrates 40 years

Public is invited to the celebration

Come join the members of the Robson Volunteer Fire Department on Saturday, July 20 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Enjoy free food, fun for the kids and live entertainment, featuring Baker Street Blues.

The department was established in 1979 by a very committed group of individuals whose same spirit and drive persists in the department today. It was a very proud accomplishment then and today. The members are equally proud to be part of a very tight group that have an unwavering commitment to serving their community. Come tour the hall and join the members in celebrating this milestone. Bring the whole family for free food, kids games and rock out to one of the Kootenay’s top bands.

Aside from the 40-year milestone, the department has plenty reason to celebrate with their community and beyond. Most recently they’ve been awarded Fire Department of the Year from Muscular Dystrophy Canada, in recognition of their tireless fundraising efforts that includes the annual Boot Drive in March and of course the Firefighter Games Labour Day long weekend. The department has been recognized with an award in each of the past five years since cranking up their fundraising efforts and have raised over $76,000 during that time.

On display at the open house will be the Firefighter Games raffle prize, a 2019 Polaris Razor, wrapped firefighter games style, complete with trailer and accessories. Second prize is a one-karat diamond, donated by Lauener Brothers Jewellers in Trail. The raw diamond will be customized into a piece of jewellery of the winner’s choice. Third prize, donated by Rocky Mountain Phoenix, is a classic leather Cairns firefighting helmet, also customized for the winner.

In addition to their fundraising efforts the department is consistently one of the top halls in the RDCK when it comes to achievements in training and this results in a professional response when any emergency strikes their community.

“There’s no doubt the solid foundation set by those members that preceded us has made it possible to be in the position we are today,” said Chief Jeff Grant.

“We truly have a tight knit group that are very dedicated to the skills required to spring into action whenever the need arises. Be sure to come join us for this free, family-friendly celebration.”

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