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FireFest rolls into town

Old fire trucks outside the Capitol Theatre for FireFest 2013. Photo Greg Holden

By Greg Holden

A little rain didn’t damper the enthusiasm on King Street today as the second annual FireFest came to Chatham. Old fire trucks and demonstrations of firefighting skills were met by crowds along King Street and near the Civic Centre.

Bucket rides were available for those unafraid of heights. The movie Burn had a showing at the Capitol Theatre at 2 p.m. Attendees had their chance to unleash some skills by trying out a fire extinguisher. A vehicle extrication demonstration put on by firefighting students drew a large crowd as well.

Craig Hendry, the CKReview reporter and renowned fire photographer, said sales of his fire photos were brisk at his booth.

FireFest is held to educate the public about fire safety, show-off some old trucks and let people interact with those who work day-to-day saving lives and property. The unsung heroes in our community were shown an appreciation they rarely get.

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