Several Sun Fun kids would love to join the Oliver Fire Department, but they’ll have to wait a few years before they can fit into those size 12 boots.
That was evident this week when the group took a tour of the fire hall courtesy of Chief Bob Graham.
The chief started out with a fire safety lecture that the kids actually enjoyed. He strongly urged the boys and girls to never go back inside a burning building, even if their pet is missing. Then he assured them that firefighters would look for their cat or dog.
“What was the biggest fire you ever went to?” one boy asked Graham, who replied that it was the blaze that destroyed the old Venables theatre and the new high school.
A tour of the hall included climbing through the trucks and getting dressed in fire-resistant “turnout” gear, which costs $1,500 a set.