Warming up at Cranbrook Search and Rescue

Public checks out SAR open house, part of downtown Christmas festivities.

Hayley Ramage was all tuckered out after the Santa Claus Parade on November 30

Cranbrook was dazzled with festive cheer on Friday, November 30, and Cranbrook’s Search and Rescue Society got in on the excitement.

The Santa Claus Parade as usual began with Cranbrook’s emergency vehicles. One by one, the Fire Department, Ambulance and RCMP passed by, until it was Cranbrook Search and Rescue’s turn.

The SAR truck was perhaps the loudest, and its decorations included a poster inviting the public back to the old Fire Hall to check out the group’s digs and enjoy some hot chocolate.

After the Santa Clause Parade marched down Baker Street, many residents took the opportunity to peer inside the hall and see the equipment Cranbrook’s SAR teams use when they go out on calls.

It was a flurry of activity as children and their families checked out the hall.

The public got the chance to see the group’s loaded rescue trucks, all the gear they pile on before leaving the building on a call and chat with SAR members whether they were interested in joining or simply hearing what it’s like to be a seearch and rescue member in the community.

The cookies were donated by Arby’s, and other supplies were provided by Superstore.

In all, about 300 cookies were handed out, and many certainly left with a greater appreciation for the work done by volunteers in Cranbrook.