Firefighters seek community’s help for fireworks

Coldstream Fire Department will hold a boot drive on Kalamalka Road

A voluntary road toll is being set up in Coldstream for one day only.

In an effort to raise funds for Halloween fireworks, the Coldstream Fire Department will be collecting donations on Kalamalka Road, near College Way/Husband Road, Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

“We will take whatever people can offer,” said fire chief Shane Code.

“It’s a voluntary road toll.”

Depending on the weather and number of volunteer firefighters who come out, the department may also set up at some other key Coldstream traffic points.

“We usually have 15 to 20 volunteers out braving the elements,” said Code.

All of the funds raised will help the department light up the Coldstream sky Oct. 31 for the annual fireworks display.

“We would like to continue the tradition of the fireworks,” said Code.

The fireworks take place at Kal Beach, but can be seen throughout the community, at 8 p.m. and include a bonfire and hot chocolate.

Corporate donations towards the cause are also being sought. For more information email chief@coldstreamfire.ca

Collection boots are also out at several businesses in east Coldstream, as the Lavington Fire Department is raising funds for itss Halloween display.

Donations can also be made Halloween evening, after the 8 p.m. display, where the hall will have hot dogs, chilli, hot chocolate and coffee.

Out in Lumby, firefighters collected some funds at the recent hazardous waste roundup for the village’s Halloween fireworks. Donations are still being accepted at the Lumby Village Office.