Much has been said about the volunteer base in the City of Summerside but there is no more important group of individuals who give of their time than the city’s firefighters.
That point became crystal clear during Wednesday’s blizzard.
While many residents were safe and warm in their homes, Summerside firefighters responded to 10 calls, most coming during the height of the blizzard.
Conditions were so bad that fire trucks needed plows to clear the way for them.
One family that experienced first-hand the dedication and caring Summerside firefighters have was the Hall family.
Dave, his wife, Meredith, and their three-and-a-half-year-old son, Chris, were rescued by firefighters after problems developed with the furnace in their home.
Firefighters helped the family prepare to leave their home.
“They helped us pack all of our stuff and got us into the fire truck,” Meredith said.
The firefighters tried to make the family feel at ease and that everything would be all right.
The Hall’s will never forget the efforts and concern Summerside firefighters showed their family during one of the worst snowstorms in recent memory.
“They were very concerned that they didn’t have a teddy bear to give to Chris because he was very nervous. He didn’t know what was going on and he was being ripped from his house. They got us in the fire truck and took us here. They helped us get through all of the snow and made sure we got here safe and were okay to stay here.”
“Those firemen…what amazed me was, and I’ve never seen anybody do this, when we got here, Dave went in with some of our stuff and a fireman went in with some of our stuff and another fireman I handed Chris over to him and instantly he sheltered him and started protecting him from the storm,” Meredith Hall said. “You can tell that they care.”
Meredith Hall’s words sum up very well the kind of individuals in the Summerside Fire Department – “You can tell that they care.”
They risk their lives every time they respond to a call. Oftentimes, they are among the first responders to an emergency situation. They are out in good weather and bad to make sure residents are safe and protected. They give of their time to become trained to be able to respond effectively, at the expense of their home lives. They are an important part of the community.
They certainly don’t do all of this for the money. They are volunteers so “you can tell that they care.”