A local builder has built a fire truck play structure to raffle off in support of fire prevention in the area. Lockwood Brothers Construction built the 22-foot long wooden fire truck over the winter, and it is now ready to be displayed at many local events throughout the summer. Money raised from ticket sales will be split between the North Grenville, Merrickville-Wolford, and Edwardsburgh-Cardinal fire departments, and used to supply smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to those in need.

Corey Lockwood, of Lockwood Brothers Construction, says he came up with the idea while talking to North Grenville’s Fire Prevention Officer, Shannon Armitage, about how many people she sees that don’t have working fire alarms in their homes. He saw a fire truck play structure elsewhere and he thought it would be a fantastic way to involve local fire departments to support the cause. “We ran it by our kids and they thought it was a great idea,” he says.

The fire truck, which will be complete with working lights and plumbing, so it can be hooked up and spout water, was built with the help of several community partners. RONA provided the lumber, Copperwood is installing the plumbing, Howell Electric is doing all the wiring, and MotorTrendz has provided the trailer which will transport the structure to its various engagements throughout the season.

This is not the first time that Lockwood has built something fun and interesting for a cause. In 2012, they built a pirate ship that raised $6,310 for North Grenville Accessible Transportation (NGAT) and the Spencerville Agricultural Society. “We’re always looking for something different to do,” Corey says.

So far, the truck has been booked for Canada Day parades in Merrickville-Wolford and North Grenville, and Ports Day in Johnstown on June 16.. Tickets are 1 for $5, or 3 for $10, and will be sold at all the events the truck attends, the fire stations, and by calling Lockwood’s office at 613-258-4225.

The raffle draw will be held on December 14, right before Christmas. Corey says they hope to have the fire truck sitting outside the lucky child’s house as a surprise on Christmas morning.

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