By Dan Rankin
On Wednesday evening, the St. Marys Fire Department held an open house event to show appreciation to the local businesses that employ St. Marys’ volunteer fire fighters.
“In the community there is a shared admiration and appreciation for our volunteer fire fighters and all that we do,” said Director of Emergency Services/Town of St. Marys Fire Chief Richard “Andy” Anderson. “But, they’re not the only ones who should be recognized for what they do. In the background there’s a shared partnership, and it’s a silent partner, if you will, that seems to have been forgotten.”
It’s thanks to local businesses, Anderson said, that the town’s volunteer firefighters are able to “respond to an emergency at a moment’s notice, in order for them to serve a vital role in the community.”
The goal for the evening, he said, was “to thank you, the business owners, managers and supervisors, and to show our appreciation for your support in allowing our personnel – your personnel, to participate as a volunteer firefighter.”
Representatives from the Town, including Mayor Al Strathdee, CA Brent Kittmer and Councillors Tony Winter, Bill Osborne and Jim Craigmile were also in attendance. “It’s amazing that we have such a great community where our employers are involved and allow the firemen to actually pursue a second career, being a firefighter, as well as allow them the flexibility to serve in our community and offer this service,” Strathdee said. “We have a recent example of where a large company just doesn’t have the same attachment and commitment. It’s very evident to me that the employers we have in our community have a huge attachment and commitment to this community.”
Employers recognized at the meeting included Canadian Cart Sales, St. Marys Landscaping, Perth County Ingredients, Cascades, St. Marys Cement Company, Ideal Supply, Harris-Greig Automotive, INOAC, and the Town of St. Marys.