Going behind the scenes with first responders at Fire Department Open House

Jocelyn Turner
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13 month-old Justin Chapman came out to the Fire Department Open House all dressed up in a fireman's rain coat. Chapman comes from a long line of fire fighters. 

AMHERST – RCMP, paramedics, fire fighters as well as the behind the scenes workers were at the Amherst Fire Department on Saturday to give visitors an inside look at their jobs. Visitors were treated to a tour of the equipment, had to the chance to watch some demonstrations and training as well as learn about the other workers who do all the behind the scenes work, such as radio.

Fire fighter Kurt Fawthrop participated in some of the demonstrations and brought his children out to watch.

“It’s important to see what’s happening with all these emergency services, we all work together,” he said. “Later on, we do the vehicle extrication and the EHS is going to join us to show how it all works together.  It’s important for them to see that they’re all here to help and they’re nothing to be scared of.”

Fawthrop said he was impressed with the turnout, even with the heavy rain. The children, he said, always like seeing the fire trucks, no matter what the weather.

“My kids come down quite a bit and they always like to get in the trucks when they come. It never gets old, even for me. I still like to get into the big truck.”

Kim Fullerton brought her children down to the fire station to give them a better idea of what their father does for a living.

“He spends a lot of time here as a volunteer so (because of the open house) they get to appreciate what it is that he’s doing and the people he’s helping.”

Fullerton’s son, Zachary, was very excited to see all the trucks and even get a chance to sit in the miniature one they had on display.

“It’s good. My dad is on the number five,” he said. “I like it because it’s the rescue truck.”

Cheryl Laliberte brought her son Dylan to the Open House all dressed up as a fireman.

“He said he wanted to be a fireman when he grew up,” she said.

Dylan however, has changed his mind about being fire fighter, but he enjoyed the fire trucks.

jturner@amherstdaily.com

Organizations: Fire Department, RCMP

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