To the editor,
Once again, along with all the senior population of Abercrombie, I was honoured with an invitation to a turkey supper at the Abercrombie Fire Hall. This supper was the 11th year in succession, a super effort by the Abercrombie Volunteer Fire Department.
The evening started with a welcome to all by fireman Sandy MacPherson with the offering of a free drink to all so inclined. The meal was a turkey supper with all the trimmings, strawberry short cake for dessert. The firemen and women serving the meal, with professional, friendly courteous service (lacking in many restaurants), kept the diners well supplied with hot tea and coffee. The meal was outstanding, I would say the cooks are specially trained.
After a very satisfying meal, by the look on everyone’s face a well fed look, Fire Chief Chris Coady gave a very interesting talk, accompanied by a slide show about the facts of operation. Fortunately the department had no structural calls to attend to, but were called out 47 times to answer to medical assistance and to aid neighbouring departments. The junior fire department is doing really well with training in fire fighting. At the same time the regular members are continuing training, attending fire fighting courses etc.
The department is to be congratulated on the way they have handled all expenses, especially the cost of the new truck purchased three years ago, with just a third of the cost left to pay. Chief Coady finished the talk with many hints about the use of space heaters, check all fire alarms, install handrails on stairs and in shower and bathing areas. The figure for injuries to seniors in bathrooms and on stairs is staggering. The chief introduced the Vial of Life, an item when used as instructed can be of great help in the event of an emergency.
Many thanks and much appreciation to the department on behalf of the 70-plus seniors in attendance. A wonderful evening.