The traditions and the changing times. Santa Run 2015.
Every year for at least the last 30 years, the firefighters from the various areas that now make up East Pierce Fire & Rescue have put on the annual event called the "Santa Run". This event was started by the volunteer firefighters and then was carried on as the areas grew and transitioned to full time career firefighters.
The "Santa Run" consisted of firefighters driving Santa around on a fire engine, playing holiday music, lights & sirens blaring and handing out candy canes to the people we serve. Many citizens have numerous memories of this event, and even planned family gatherings around it. Our Union members who put this event on donate their time, money, and invite their own families, many who have also made it their own tradition to participate in this yearly event. Unfortunately, the way most people know this event, it must now change.
The writing has been on the wall for a few years now that the logistics to bring Santa on a fire engine, to as many streets, neighborhoods, and complexes as possible, its getting harder and more difficult to do. In the past the firefighters would deliver Santa to as many neighborhoods in the areas of Milton, Edgewood, Sumner, Lake Tapps, Bonney Lake, Prairie Ridge, South Prairie, and all the places in between that East Pierce Fire & Rescue serves. It would take almost all members volunteering their time, and the entire month of December all the way up to the Saturday before the Christmas Holiday in order to ensure the events happened. Higher call volumes, more citizens, larger areas to cover, and scarce resources has lead to us making a change that we hope will be the new tradition we can transition too. Instead of bringing Santa on the fire engine around all the cities, towns and neighborhoods, we are going to have Santa at a fire station near you on a set day, set time, and of course with candy canes, opportunities for pictures and smiles. As always, the firefighters will continue to do our best and participate in the localized city events, such as tree lighting ceremonies, the Sumner Bridge lighting, and the various parades. This event is important to us, and we hope that you will understand, and help us to start a new tradition.
If you have feedback on this event, or any others that our members put on, please dont hesitate to contact us at President@iaff3520.org.
Here is the schedule for 2014's Santa Event at your local firehouse.
Dec. 7 Station 14 - NW Lake Tapps area, 3206 W Tapps Dr E, 1PM - 3PM
Station 15 - NE Lake Tapps area, 1605 210th Av E, 3PM-5PM
Dec. 13 Station 13 - City of Sumner, 800 Harrison St, 1PM-3PM
Station 11 - Headquarters/City of Bonney Lake, 18421 Veterans Memorial Dr E, 3PM-5PM
Dec 14 Station 12 - Prairie Ridge, 12006 214th Av E, 1PM-3PM
Station 16 - West Buckley/Foothills area, 10515 234th Av E, 3PM-5PM
Dec. 19 Station 19 - Town of South Prairie, 350 SR 162, 6PM-8PM
Dec. 20 Station 18 - City of Edgewood, 10105 24th St E, 1PM-3PM
Station 114 - City of Milton, 1000 Laurel St, 3PM-5PM
Posted By Matthew Lowery, East Pierce Firefighters IAFF Local 3520 at 10:06 PM / Category:IAFF News
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