NORTH CREEK - In the coming weeks, the North Creek Volunteer Fire Department will host events for the community in hopes of welcoming the public to the firehouse.
Their annual Halloween Pit Stop will take place on the evening of Oct. 31 from 4 - 8 p.m. The firehouse is a stop on the Main St. trick-or-treat route, where warm drinks and refreshments will be provided. Last year, more than 250 children and their chaperones were served and all are welcome again this year.
On Friday, Nov. 5 from 5 - 8 p.m., there will be an open house for all members of the Johnsburg communities.
"We hope to draw people into the firehouse and show them what we are all about," said chief, Steve Studnicky.
Refreshments will be available as well as tours of the firehouse. Also, members from each of the Johnsburg departments will be available to answer questions regarding membership and training as well as give truck and equipment demonstrations.
Local businesses have donated free smoke detectors to be distributed to those in need at the open house.
The Johnsburg departments hope to increase their membership rosters and would like to give the public a behind-the-scenes look at the fire department.
"There is so much more to these departments than fighting fires," said Studnicky.
Skilled fire fighters are always needed in each of the departments, but members are also needed for fundraising and events, administrative and maintenance duties, and other on-call duties.
Membership is available through an 'explorer' program for 14 - 15 year olds, a 'junior program' for 16 - 18 year olds as well as adult membership.
Department members have asked residents to come join the members of the Johnsburg fire departments to find out more about membership benefits and to enjoy the volunteer spirits found in local communities.