Heroes in the Sky is a North American wide campaign to raise funds and awareness for Volunteer fire departments through the sale of calendars. This year, Redwood Meadows Emergency Services took the event to new heights.
“The weekend was a phenomenal success,” says Captain Gary Robertson, “the weather, live music, events and community spirit all came together for us.” The event, which is in it’s 5th year in Bragg Creek, has traditionally involved sending a couple of Firefighters onto the roof of Bragg Creek Family Foods where they camp out from noon on Saturday until 6pm on Sunday (that’s 30 hours!). On the ground Firefighters sell calendars, BBQ and give fire truck tours.
“This year we knew we had to make the event bigger” Robertson says, “After what our community experienced in June people needed something to look forward to, a big block party. It was also important for the event to draw people from outside of the community back to Bragg Creek. The businesses here that are open aren’t seeing their pre-flood volumes and their survival and success is as important in our community as the fire department, so working together just seemed natural.”
Live music filled the air all weekend with a variety of musicians from Bragg Creek and surrounding area. High River country artist Tanya Ryan helped kick of the event Saturday. The entertainment continued with performances by classic rock group Blue Print, The Coachmen, Lauren Mayell, Hwy 762, Kieran Avalonitis, Spirit Hall and a performance Saturday night by Skuzzy and the Woodticks. Throughout the weekend other activities such as a miniature donkey petting zoo, face painting, raffles, licensed BBQ and fire extinguisher demonstrations helped make the event fun for the whole family.
The weekend successfully raised over $20,000 in support of Redwood Meadows Emergency Services. “We serve one of the best communities, period. We never expected the event would raise that much, we just wanted to throw a great party,” Robertson states. “It’s truly humbling to get this kind of support. We have had great feedback on the event and can’t wait to see everyone at HITS14.”
2014 calendars are still available to purchase from Redwood Meadows Emergency Services for $20, email email@example.com or on Facebook and Twitter @RMESFire. You can also pick up your HITS t-shirts at Admaki in Bragg Creek.