Vavenby fire hall holds open house

Abbey Humphreys gets a bit of help from father and Vavenby volunteer firefighter Benn Humphreys to cut the A pillar of a vehicle with the Jaws of Life Saturday. The Vavenby Volunteer Fire Department held an open house inviting the community to check out the addition to the hall, a new side-by-side to help fight wildfires and have some fun learning firefighting and rescue skills. More photos page A12. (Stephanie Hagenaars/Clearwater Times)Abbey Humphreys gets a bit of help from father and Vavenby volunteer firefighter Benn Humphreys to cut the A pillar of a vehicle with the Jaws of Life Saturday. The Vavenby Volunteer Fire Department held an open house inviting the community to check out the addition to the hall, a new side-by-side to help fight wildfires and have some fun learning firefighting and rescue skills. More photos page A12. (Stephanie Hagenaars/Clearwater Times)
Warwick Osborne, with the supervision of Vavenby firefighter Benn Humphreys, breaks through the window of an SUV during a demonstration of highway rescue equipment during the Vavenby Volunteer Fire Department’s open house held Saturday, April 30. (Stephanie Hagenaars/Clearwater Times)Warwick Osborne, with the supervision of Vavenby firefighter Benn Humphreys, breaks through the window of an SUV during a demonstration of highway rescue equipment during the Vavenby Volunteer Fire Department’s open house held Saturday, April 30. (Stephanie Hagenaars/Clearwater Times)
Odin Osborne gets some assistance with the Jaws of Life cutter from Vavenby firefighter Chris Janes during highway rescue equipment demonstrations at the Vavenby Fire Department open house Saturday, April 30. (Stephanie Hagenaars/Clearwater Times)Odin Osborne gets some assistance with the Jaws of Life cutter from Vavenby firefighter Chris Janes during highway rescue equipment demonstrations at the Vavenby Fire Department open house Saturday, April 30. (Stephanie Hagenaars/Clearwater Times)

The Vavenby Volunteer Fire Department held an open house on Saturday, April 30, inviting the community to check out the new addition and firefighting tools, as well as take part in firefighting and highway rescue demonstrations.

Both the VFD and Blackpool Fire Rescue halls received grant funding for bay upgrades to support the addition of wildfire equipment, such as a bush truck and structural protection trailer. Total project costs for the renovations were about $445,000 for the Vavenby hall, which is now complete.

At the open house, visitors could check out the various types of firefighting equipment available in Vavenby, such as standard engines, but also a new side-by-side to help fight wildfires. The firefighters also provided extinguisher training, setting up empty cans and bottles as targets, as well as demonstrations on highway rescue equipment, including the Jaws of Life cutter and spreader, and glass-cutting tools.

A cheque presentation was made by Banister employees to VFD fire chief Philip Weber for $4,000. The funds are earmarked for new equipment, including a second rescue clutch and ropes, as well as turbo flares to assist the air ambulance at night.



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