Small children and watching adults of all ages will enjoy a special pretend fire-and-rescue run organized by the Woodbury Volunteer Fire Department at the Woodbury Fall Fest on September 30.
With a battery powered mini fire truck, small uniforms, and the pretend-run, the Woodbury Volunteer Fire Department will provide the special event for children.
In the non-competitive event entirely for fun, little kids will don realistic fire-fighters’ gear and drive a battery-powered mini truck 25 feet to fight a mock fire. They will jump out of the truck and aim a small extinguisher hose at a target. Then they will enter a mock breach and move onto tossing a lifeline into a tub before crossing a finish line. Experienced firemen will assist the children in the obstacle course at every stage. Participating children will receive a child’s red plastic fire helmet at the end of the run. The event is entirely free.
First tried in 2017, the kiddy fire-and-rescue run was a great success. Parents busily cheered on their children and used up mega-amounts of gigs with photos and videos on smartphones and cameras. This year the department is adding the battery-powered miniature truck, acquired with donated funds. No taxpayer or town money was involved. A pedal-powered toy truck will standby as reserve equipment.
The fire department also will have Engine 4, one of its major units, on display for larger children, parents, adults, and all visitors to the Fall Fest. Fire department officers will provide information and explanation about the department, its equipment, and its staff.
Covering the town’s 36 square miles with just over 40 volunteers, the Woodbury Volunteer Fire Department responded to 372 call-outs in 2017.