Heroes to raise funds for volunteer firefighters
Redwood Meadows: Firemen to camp out on roof for 30 hours
By: By Carmen Solana-Martin
| Posted: Wednesday, Sep 11, 2013 12:28 pm
To raise funds for their department two volunteer firefighters have committed to camp out on the rooftop of a grocery store overseeing a fun family festival on the ground below.
Redwood Meadows Emergency Services (RMES), a volunteer fire department protecting Redwood Meadows, the Greater Bragg Creek area, neighbouring parts of Rocky View County and the Tsuu T’ina First Nation, is participating in Heroes in the Sky, an international fundraiser established by Firefighters 1st, a non-profit organization dedicated to the safety and sustainability of North America’s volunteer fire services.
From noon on Sept.14 until 6 p.m. on Sept.15, RMES Lieutenant Russ Jenkins and firefighter Tyler Guluche will spend 30 hours living on the roof of Bragg Creek Family Foods, one the hamlet’s grocery stores.
RMES Captain Gary Robertson said this is the fourth year RMES firefighters have camped out, without the comforts of home, on the roof of Bragg Creek Family Foods to raise money for equipment and training for their volunteer fire department.
“It will be a bonding experience,” said Robertson with a laugh, as he explained how the two firefighters will eat their meals, sleep and try to stay entertained for the duration of the event.
A kick-off event to their annual calendar sale, RMES firefighters will be on hand to sell their new 2013/2014 calendars at a cost of $20 each.
To thank the RMES firefighters for their support during the June flood that devastated parts of the hamlet, the Bragg Creek business community is stepping up their participation by turning the event into a full-fledged family festival, according to Marina Cooke, owner of Joey’s Only and Loko’s Lounge.
Cooke is coordinating the weekend-long live music and children’s entertainment, which will also include a miniature donkey petting zoo, face painting, a magician, a business expo, as well as fire truck tours and fire extinguisher demonstrations.
The festival will also include a barbecue and family-friendly beer garden (minors allowed) on Saturday Sept. 14 from 11 a.m. until 11 p.m. and Sunday Sept. 15 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
“This will be a fantastic family festival with delicious food and professional live music,” said Cooke.
Bragg Creek band Skuzzy and the Woodticks will be headlining the weekend concert series on Saturday at 5:30 p.m.
“We want to bring tourists back out to Bragg Creek to support our local firefighters who helped save the communities of Bragg Creek and Redwood Meadows during the flood,” she added.
Also new to the event this year, the firefighters will sell Heroes in the Sky t-shirts for $20 each, designed by AdMaki, a Bragg Creek advertising agency.
“All the proceeds from the calendar sale, t-shirts, and barbecue will go towards funding our department,” said Robertson.
Lori Guildemeister, owner of Bragg Creek Family Foods, said this year she is especially proud to host the firefighters on the roof of her store because after July’s 2013 annual Bragg Creek Days RMES pancake breakfast the firefighters donated the monies they raised to the Bragg Creek Flood Relief Fund.
“As a business owner and member of the community I really appreciate our local volunteer firefighters and they deserve our support,” said Guildemeister. “They are my heroes of both the flood and the care they offer the community.
“They do their job with exemplary professionalism and caring and they are just awesome,” she added. “They support us 24/7 and we can support them for 30 hours.”
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