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Tree chipping event raises $8,495.75 for the Richmond Firefighters Society

Fire prevention officer Forrest Weissler at the Richmond Firefighters Society’s 32nd annual charity chipping event. - Amanda Oye
Fire prevention officer Forrest Weissler at the Richmond Firefighters Society’s 32nd annual charity chipping event.
— image credit: Amanda Oye

The final traces of this past Christmas were put through a chipper at the Richmond Firefighters Society’s 32nd annual charity chipping event, Jan. 4th and 5th at Garry Point Park.

The event provided the perfect place for people to bring their trees for recycling.

“From a fire hazard point of view, it gets rid of dry trees,” said Forrest Weissler, fire prevention officer.

The chipping event also served as a fundraiser, raising $8,495.75 for the Firefighters Society.

“One hundred per cent of the donations go to [the society],” Weissler said.

The society supports community organizations including the Richmond Food Bank and the Richmond Therapeutic Equestrian Society.

The trees, once chipped, go to a good cause as well.

“All of the chips … are going to the nature park,” said Weissler.

The event was also educational as firefighters demonstrated how dangerous Christmas trees can be if not looked after.

“We show the public how quickly trees can go up in flames,” Weissler said.

Kids who watched the firefighters set trees on fire had the chance to help put the fire out with a fire hose.

This year, the Firefighters Society also had members chipping trees at South Arm Community Centre.

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