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PHOTOS: Saanich fire and police departments welcome in community

The two departments held an open house Saturday featuring many displays and demonstrations

The Saanich police and fire departments opened their headquarters up to the public Saturday (Sept. 16) to show off some of the tools they use to keep the community they serve safe.

One of nearly every type of vehicle and piece of equipment each service uses was on display, many of which were open for visitors to explore for themselves.

Kids sat in fire trucks and police cars for photos or tried their hand at using a fire hose, while demonstrations throughout the day brought smiles and shouts of “whoa” to the gathered onlookers of all ages.

Among the more popular demos was the fire department’s auto extrication, which saw firefighters lift and cut open a pair of cars, simulating the work they may have to do when responding to a traffic collision.

On the police side of things, the police dog demonstration drew a crowd rivalling the auto extrication.

Beyond the flashy displays and demonstrations, the open house provided an important opportunity for the community to meet the men and women in uniform who can be relied on when the unthinkable happens.

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Justin Samanski-Langille

About the Author: Justin Samanski-Langille

I moved coast-to-coast to discover and share the stories of the West Shore, joining Black Press in 2021 after four years as a reporter in New Brunswick.
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