Mesachie Lake Volunteer Fire Department member Kirk Kleinke shows kids his fire gear during a Cowichan Lake Recreation Summer Day Camp

Kids meet local superheroes

Local kids learned what it means to be a local hero, during a Tuesday, August 25, summer day camp at the Cowichan Lake Sports Arena.

Local kids learned what it means to be a local hero, during a Tuesday, August 25, summer day camp at the Cowichan Lake Sports Arena.

During the afternoon, Mesachie Lake Volunteer Fire Department member Kirk Kleinke visited the children, showing off fire-fighting gear and a rescue truck.

“We get there as fast as we can and as safely as we can,” he told the children, of call-outs. “You don’t want to start another accident on the way there.”

The goal is to get the gear on in under a minute, though Kleinke slowed the process down in order to show kids how everything works.

One tip he gave the kids is to not hide from firefighters should they enter their house. Although they may look scary with their gear on, they’re there to help.

Lake Cowichan RCMP visited the children earlier in the day, which had a theme of superheroes.