Photo courtesy of I ♥ Sidney Facebook page

Sidney, B.C.;   The Town of Sidney’s Fire Department is 100 years old this August and to mark the occasion, the community is putting on a big celebration. On Saturday, August 2nd, beginning at 11:00 a.m., a parade of new and vintage fire vehicles will roll down Beacon Avenue. Following the parade, the Fire Hall and the Sidney Museum will host live demonstrations and displays.

The Town of Sidney is proud of the Fire Department’s milestone and is encouraging everyone to come out to the parade on Saturday morning and show their appreciation for the men and woman who help keep Sidney safe. A downloadable, printable, simple sign reading “Thank you Sidney Fire Department” can be found on the Town’s website on the homepage. People are also welcome to stop by the Town Hall’s Administration department to pick up a sign. Another option, would be to get creative and make your own signs to display along the parade route.

Following the day’s festivities, fire fighters will attend the Annual Fire Fighters Banquet where Mayor Larry Cross will act as Master of Ceremonies. Long service awards will be given and a few other surprises are in store.

Sidney’s Fire Department became an official fire protection unit on August 7th, 1914 with a handful of men and the purchase of the first firefighting equipment.  The Fire Department was initially sponsored by the Sidney Board of Trade until the community incorporated into a village in 1952 and operations were established.  Now, 100 years later, the Fire Department consists of 5 career members and approximately 35 dedicated volunteer members with a mandate to provide fire protection, rescue services, backup emergency medical services and education.

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