Fire hall gives back

Colton Davies

Community members in Naramata had a chance to interact with their local firefighters on Saturday, as the department hosted its annual open house at the fire hall.

More than two dozen crew members were on hand, who cooked up pancakes, socialized, and took used Christmas trees to be chipped as well.

"We always look to give back to the community and make sure they support us during the whole year," fire chief Tony Trovao said.

"It's our way to give back a little bit — a pancake breakfast, let them see the equipment and stuff that we bought. Show them all the members and put faces to the names, all that kind of stuff."

The community engagement likely had added significance for residents this time around, after a calendar year that was the busiest ever for Naramata fire.

Trovao said the department responded to 227 emergency calls last year, smashing a previous high of 156 emergency calls. 

"It was definitely a lot busier year, probably to the point where some people were pretty tired towards the end of summer. But it was a good year overall for Naramata Fire," Trovao said.

"We're here for the community but the community backs us up at the same time."

Trovao said the hall hosts the open house each year in the winter and, when possible, in the summer.  

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