Fun with a cause

Friday, September 21, 2012

Firefighters are known for saving lives but when they get together sparks can fly. We don’t mean from the fires they face, but from the tongue-in-cheek jabs they give each other. It’s the camaraderie among firefighters that provides comic relief to the brotherhood.

On Saturday, Sept. 29, this spirit of fun will again be spread to the Brookline community. Everyone is invited to join the antics when the Brookline Fire Department hosts its eighth annual Open House and Comedy Night, featuring games, activities, a roast beef dinner and a comedy show.

As fire auxiliary head Sheryl Corey said, the event is popular with the community, but it also allows the department to get those extra supplies and more expensive items it needs. And, money raised from the event saves taxpayer dollars. In the past, proceeds have purchased a utility vehicle to get through wooded areas, portable defibrillators, a thermal imaging camera and water rescue suits.

The event begins with the open house at 11 a.m. at the fire department, 4 Bond St. Families are invited to meet the firefighters, allowing them to put children at ease in case of a fire at their home. And what child doesn’t like to climb aboard a real fire truck?

The duck race is at 1 p.m., offering cash prizes and other goodies donated by area businesses. And, at 6 p.m., the fire department will host a comedy night and dinner.

We hope you’ll come out and support the Brookline Fire Department. It could just be the comic relief you need, too.

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