Fire departments duke it out on ice for food bank

Rather than responding to fire or collision calls, two fire departments will be called to the ice to raise donations for their community’s food bank.

By Jasmine Franklin

Rather than responding to fire or collision calls, two fire departments will be called to the ice to raise donations for their community’s food bank.

“All I’m saying is….someone is going to get spanked,” said Ponoka Fire Chief Ted Dillon.

The Lacombe and Ponoka fire departments will go head-to-head in two separate hockey games as a way of supporting and raising donations for the food bank.

“We have a great working relationship with Lacombe,” said Donna Noble, Ponoka fire prevention co-ordinator. “It will be a fun thing in light of what we are usually called together to do.”

Noble said Ponoka will sport special-made jerseys with flames and firefighters names on them. Everyone on the squad, even those not physically playing will be wearing a jersey.

“It really doesn’t matter who wins,” Noble said. “This is just for fun. Everyone should come out to support and cheer us on.”

The department is hoping to make it an annual event.

The first game will take place in Lacombe on Jan. 19 and the final game will be in Ponoka at the Ponoka arena Jan. 21 at 7:30 p.m. Admission will be a donation to the food bank.