Elias Hudson was two last year when he was helped out by firefighter Mike Ervin during an open house at the Brookswood firehall #5. The firehall on 32 Avenue will host another family-friendly event on Saturday, June 6 to celebrate the hall’s 60th anniversary.

Elias Hudson was two last year when he was helped out by firefighter Mike Ervin during an open house at the Brookswood firehall #5. The firehall on 32 Avenue will host another family-friendly event on Saturday, June 6 to celebrate the hall’s 60th anniversary.

Firehall celebrates 60 years

Brookswood hall #5 will host an open house on Saturday, June 6

Plan to get it in gear and turn out to Langley Township firehall #5 in Brookswood on June 6, as firefighters celebrate the hall’s 60th anniversary with an open house.

The family-friendly event will include booths and displays by a wide range of emergency services, including RCMP, BC Ambulance, Langley Crimewatch, Fraser Valley Search and Rescue, ICBC, Township of Langley Public Education, the TLFD Charitable Society and Langley City Fire and Rescue, said hall president Matt Gillam.

Each agency will have representatives available to answer visitors’ questions. There will also be antique firetrucks and other memorabilia on display.

Activities and demonstrations will include a mini-hose coupling competition, going on every hour, as well as an auto-extrication demonstration, where firefighters will use the Jaws-of-Life to simulate the rescue of a person trapped in a car.

There will be free coffee and donuts while they last. Hamburgers and hot dogs will be offered for a nominal fee.

Hall #5 is a very active hall within Langley, said Gillam, with firefighters regularly raising funds for muscular dystrophy, Alzheimer’s Society, LAPS, Critter Care and the food bank.

“We also do our annual Candy Cane run, where Santa and his little firefighter helpers go out and distribute candy canes within Brookswood.”

Hall 5 also offers two annual scholarships — one at Brookswood Secondary and one at Langley Fundamental — awarded to students who are looking to go into the protective services.

“All this stuff that we do within the community is paid for and supported by its members, who enjoy giving back to the community,” Gillam said.

The Township of Langley firehall #5 60th anniversary party will take place Saturday, June 6, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 20355 32 Ave.

Extra parking is available at the elementary school on the opposite side of 32 Avenue.