April 19 03:35 PM

Hot time at the fire hall

Free breakfast attracts big crowd of kids, adults to Almont fire hall

October 17, 2007
ALMONT — It's Sunday morning. Do you know where your child is?

This past Sunday between the hours of 8 a.m. and noon, a lot of Almont parents knew exactly where their kids were: at the Almont fire hall.

Dozens of local children, accompanied by their parents and grandparents, attended the traditional Pancake Breakfast and Open House sponsored by the Almont Fire Department.

With brother Austin, 6, behind the wheel of this 1927 Graham Bros. fire truck, Blake Cody, 4, of Addison Twp. takes a turn at cranking up the fire siren at the Almont Fire Dept. Pancake Breakfast and Open House on Saturday. photo by Tom Wearing.
Held annually in conjunction with Fire Safety Week, Sunday's breakfast drew an even larger crowd than usual, said Deputy Chief Paul Wayco.

"It's been an excellent turnout," Wayco said. "It means a lot to us to have people come in to the hall and meet with us. It's a good family event for us and for the community."

Making the connection with children on a regular basis is a primary focus for firefighters trying to get the message across about fire safety.

"We get out to the schools as much as we can to make the kids aware of fire safety," said Wayco. "But it's fun for them to come down to the hall to see the trucks and meet the firefighters in person."

The firefighters were kept busy in the kitchen, and while serving up generous portions of pancakes, sausage and potatoes, along with juice and coffee.

While the breakfast was free, many of the hungry guests made donations to the department.

The Almont Fire Department presently boasts an active roster of 33 firefighters.

Officers include: Paul Wilcox, Chief; Paul Wayco, Deputy Chief; Richard Stine, Asst. Chief; Terry Wallace, Captain; Dan Smith, Lieutenant; and John White, Lieutenant.

The fire department is currently housed at its longtime hall at 113 Branch Street, off W. St. Clair St. However, that is expected to change within the near future.

The department's newly constructed hall at the corner of Tubspring and Howland Roads is essentially ready for occupancy.

At present, however, attorneys for Almont Township and the building's contractor are negotiating the final details of the construction process in advance of the new hall's opening.

Latest reports suggest the new hall will be open by the end of 2007, with an official open house planned sometime in early 2008.

Staff Writer
Castle Creek
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