Niki Hedges of United Way Northern B.C. said events like the fire truck pull are a great benefit to the community with some of the circumstances facing the less fortunate.
“We’ve got a unique situation in Fort St. John. Our economy is growing and we’re attracting a huge population base. The cost of living, the cost of housing, everything is going up. People who don’t have high incomes may be doing two jobs. It puts people on the edge to the point where some people have to decide do I pay rent, or do I put food on the table to feed my family. This is why United Way is here,” she explained.
Coming away with the fastest time in the fire truck pull was Shell #2 with a time of 13.55. Second was Progress Energy with 14.27, and third went to Shell #1 as they finished they pull in 14.51.
The biggest fundraiser of the event was Progress Energy. They were responsible for $18,180 of the $27,630 raised. The funds gathered at the event will be going towards various initiatives in the community.