On Saturday, April 11, the Britannia Wilton Fire Department will be raising the roof at its 23rd annual Firefighter’s Ball Dine and Dance.
“We use this as a night to celebrate our camaraderie, our achievements and the things that have happened in the last year,” said Aaron Buckingham, fire captain of the department.
The Britannia Wilton Fire Department responds to calls from the rural municipalities on the Saskatchewan side of Highway 17 in the immediate surrounding area of Lloydminster, including Britannia and part of Wilton.
Around 25 volunteer firefighters comprise the crew, which gathers once a year for the annual firefighter’s ball. The event looks back at the year that was with years of service awards, a small program and a slideshow that goes with it, as well as dinner and dancing. The ball also includes door prizes and a $1,000 grand prize that every ticket is eligible for entry into.
In addition to extinguishing fires, this year’s celebratory list includes getting some crew members fully certified through further training, as well as the addition of “at least half a dozen new members” to the force over the past 12 months and the continued service of others.
“Nothing that stands out to be overly proud of, just proud of the members - that’s the biggest thing - proud of the members for giving their time,” Buckingham said. “It’s a volunteer service, we do two trainings a month, plus extracurricular activities, plus calls. They’re giving up weekends during holidays to be on-call, so I guess the thing we’re most proud of is that we’ve got a great group of people.”
While Buckingham says the event is not a fundraiser, the department does donate the profits from the firefighter’s ball to local charities.
Buckingham says the event is open to the general public, and although it’s title suggests a formal theme, the ball calls for business casual attire.