Fire department brings trees, Santa Claus to town

HARRINGTON — If there’s one thing that would have the Harrington Fire Department more excited than putting out fires, it might just be Santa Claus.

Members of the department have already volunteered hours toward several holiday activities for the community, with many more hours to go before the jolly man himself visits Harrington Dec. 24.

To kick the season off the right way, everyone needs a Christmas tree, according to volunteer Robbie Brode.

Thanks to an idea from family members involved in the Clayton Fire Company, Harrington’s volunteers decided to sell Christmas trees, a first for the department.

“We visited to see how they do it and it’s a success up there, so we wanted to bring it down here,” Mr. Brode said. “On Nov. 20, we spent about six hours working on the trees. We cut, shook them to get the loose leaves off and tagged the trees early. Then, we took several hours to get the display up.”

The department is hoping to sell at least 100 trees this year.

The trees are sold out at the Harrington Fire Company, but that’s not all that’s planned for the sale.

“We’ll have Santa some nights, caroling and other activities,” Mr. Brode added.

Hours of operation are Mondays through Fridays from 6-9 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 1-9 p.m., “up until Dec. 23 or until we’re sold out.”

Trees are each tagged yellow or red to show pricing. Yellow tagged trees are $30 each while those tagged red are $45 each. He added that most the trees sold by the Harrington Fire Department this year are Douglas Fir. Others are Frasier trees.

“It’s an effort to help with the cost of our daily operating budget. Every year, we face raising prices for equipment and other needs,” he explained. “We only get so much money each year from the state and county, we have to get the rest ourselves. We responded to over 300 fire calls last year and close to 2,000 EMS calls. This will help us fund equipment, training and other needs.”

Breakfast with Santa

The department is also hosting a breakfast with Santa Claus himself Sunday, Dec. 11 from 8-11 a.m. The buffet style breakfast will also include picture opportunities with Santa along with a printed photo.

Tickets for adults are $9 each and $5 each for children. Children under 2-years-old can attend for free.

Santa Run

Harrington’s Santa Run is back this year in hopes of sharing the joy of the holidays.

Tuesday, Dec. 13, residents on the west side of the train tracks can expect to see Jolly Old Saint Nicholas nearby. He will visit residents on the east side of the tracks by way of fire truck Wednesday, Dec. 14. Santa Claus will also visit developments just outside of town off of Rt. 14 Thursday, Dec. 15, according to Mr. Brode.

“We want to develop a rapport with the community,” Mr. Brode said. “What better way than to share Santa at Christmastime.”

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