POWDERSVILLE—Local families will have a chance to get to know their fire fighters a little bit better this weekend.
The Powdersville Fire Department is hosting its annual community day this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event offers a taste of some free food as well as some Saturday fun for parents and children according to fire department officials.
“Every year, this is our way of giving back to the community,” said Fire Chief Scott King. “We serve free hot dog plates, and it’s just fun for the kids.”
King says the event will provide plenty of activities for kids.
“We’ll have all the trucks on display for the kids to look at and have their picture made,” said King. “Powdersville First Baptist Church is also sponsoring with some inflatables for the kids to play on.”
The Powdersville Fire Department will also be partnering with local police. King says he hopes it will give this year’s festivities a different look.
“South Carolina Highway Patrol is bringing their seat belt program (display) for everyone to look at,” said King. “Anderson County will also be bringing their SWAT team and bomb squad. It will just be pretty cool stuff for families. We try to do something different every year.”
The Chief says it is important for the community to get to know all aspects of their city.
“Not only is it the fire department involved with the community, but it’s the police department too,” said King. “We’re (the fire department) all volunteers, so this kind of helps the community to come in and see what we’re about. They get a chance to look at our equipment and get to know some of the firemen that live in the community.”
The day is designed for fun, but parents are advised to bring a camera along.
“It’s just a couple of hours,” said King. “Parents should bring their cameras, because they’ll want to get pictures of the kids climbing on the trucks. We’re going to have some fire gear they can put on so they can kind of dress up and look like us.”
King says this event has seen some success in the past, and he hopes it will continue this year.
“We usually have anywhere from 300-400 people show up,” said King. “It’s from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. so people are just in and out. It’s just kind of a good day with the kids. Just getting to eat a little bit and fellowship with the community.”
The Powdersville Fire Department is located at 210 McGee Road in Piedmont.