• John Jantak

Deluge doesn’t dampen Pincourt’s annual Firemen’s Day festivities


Despite the wet weather, residents and visitors showed up en masse to celebrate the Town of Pincourt’s annual Fireman’s Day August 13.

Rainy weather didn’t dissuade the spirits of hundreds of residents and spectators who lined the streets to watch a steady procession of fire trucks and emergency vehicles during the 36th edition of Firemen’s Day in Pincourt last Saturday, August 13.

As usual, Mayor Yvan Cardinal led the charge by taking his customary seat in a pumper truck which was followed by a stream of vehicles from throughout the Vaudreuil-Soulanges region, including l’Île-Perrot, Terrasse-Vaudreuil, Vaudreuil-Dorion, St. Lazare, Hudson and Rigaud.

The local Sûreté du Québec (SQ) police force and Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) also participated and featured their own specialized vehicles including a water rescue craft and a crime scene investigation command centre respectively. The Canadian Armed Forces were also present with a military transport vehicle.

Adults and children of all ages stood under umbrellas and wore rain covers as they watched the cavalcade of trucks with sirens blaring slowly wind their way through the streets to their final destination at Bellevue Park where the customary activities for children including inflatable slides, were set up for anyone willing enough to venture onto them after the rain let up during the afternoon.

Even though the rain returned later in the evening, about 500 people attended the stage shows that were presented by Dorian Sherwood & Soul Tree and Ocean Vibration. The fireworks spectacle, however, was postponed until the following Sunday evening.

While attendance numbers were down from previous years because of the weather, the town’s communications agent Vicky Sauvé said this year’s event was still well-attended and that preparations are already underway for next year’s Fireman’s Day.

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