Firefighting focus of family fun day Aug. 23 at Mariners Centre

Eric Bourque
Published on August 12, 2014

By Eric Bourque



If you’re interested in the fire service, the Yarmouth Mariners Centre will be the place for you when it plays host to another family fun day featuring firefighting equipment, demonstrations and the like.

The event is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 23, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Billed as Tri-County Firefighters Family Fun Day, the event is a follow-up to one held last year, one that drew plenty of people and was quite a hit, says an event spokesman.

“It was a huge success,” said Stewart Deveau. “For the time that it took for us to plan it last year, it went over and above our expectations.”

This is a chance for people to meet firefighters, he said, and maybe develop a better appreciation for what they do.

Basically everything from last year’s event will be there again this time, he said, along with some new things, notably vendors who will be on hand promoting products or services related to firefighting.

There will be vehicle extrication demonstrations – one scheduled for 11 a.m., another for 2 p.m. – as well as “a lot of hands-on activities for both children and adults alike,” Deveau said.

For example, fire truck rides for children, which were popular in 2013, will take place again. Sparky the fire dog will be there and hotdogs will be served.

The event is open to fire departments throughout Yarmouth, Shelburne and Digby counties. At least a dozen or so took part last year.

Proceeds from the day will be donated to the Firefighters’ Museum.

The event will take place almost exactly a year after the first one – i.e. the fourth Saturday of August – and the scheduled time slot of 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. also is the same as 2013.

Very pleased with how it went a year ago and looking forward to a successful follow-up this time, Deveau says organizers hope to have it again in 2015 and beyond.