Winlaw fire and ambulance services celebrate 40 years

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Local politicians, current and former volunteers and hundreds of local people turned out to celebrate 40 years of service by the Winlaw Fire Department and Ambulance Service on Saturday, August 27.

With free food (200 cheeseburgers, lots of hotdogs and cake were consumed), live music, and all the cool firefighting and ambulance equipment on display, including a new fire truck, a great time was had by all.

“It was a super-fun event,” said Anneke Fidler, the unit head for BC Ambulance in Winlaw. “We had a little table set up for kids with some watercolour paints, and they got to put their handprints on the [community paramedic] car.”

Area H Director Walter Popoff, federal Member of Parliament Richard Cannings and provincial Member of the Legislative Assembly Katrine Conroy all spoke in appreciation of the hardworking crews.

Fidler says being able to thank past volunteers for their efforts was a touching moment.

“It was really great to see them come out,” she said. “Sometimes it can be difficult to deal with the stress that happens with this work. It was nice to see them come out with smiles on their faces and feeling like the community appreciates them. We tried to make the point that this marks 40 years of service, and these people are part of that, and we appreciate what they did for the years they did so we can be here to keep it going.”

John Boivin, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Valley Voice