Submitted Media Release
Approximately 300 Firefighters and families, from around Ontario, will be coming to the County of Brant for the 120th anniversary of the Fire Fighters Association of Ontario (FFAO) Convention.
“The Paris Firefighters Club, as one of the original charter members of FFAO, offered to host the 120th anniversary. We hosted the convention in 1999 in honour of the 100th anniversary,” said Mark Robinson, Captain for the Paris Fire Station at the County of Brant and Co-Chair of the FFAO Convention Planning Committee. “We are pleased to have this significant event back in the County.”
From July 28 to August 5, 2019, the volunteer Firefighters will engage in a number of activities throughout the County including training courses and an annual meeting. “There are also a number of events that we invite everyone to join us,” said Robinson.
On Saturday, August 3 and Sunday, August 4 from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm, you are invited to attend the annual Craft and Vendor show at the Paris Agricultural Society. There are a number of vendors, food trucks and activities for the whole family. Activities include Firefighter games and competitions, Junior Firefighter (kids’) games and obstacle courses, Red Knights Motorcycle Club Show and Shine (Saturday only) and check out the collection of antique fire trucks. Donations will be accepted at the door.
The public is also invited to attend the Fire Fighters Association of Ontario Memorial Parade on Sunday, August 4. The parade honours the Firefighters who have lost their life in the past year. The parade will begin at 9:00 am at Kings Ward Park, Paris, move south on Broadway Street, turn east on Mechanic Street and end at the Cenotaph on the corner of Mechanic Street and Grand River Street North. The service at the Cenotaph will begin at 10:00 am.
“We are so honoured to host this event,” said Robinson. “We anticipate this will be a great week for the Firefighters, their families and the entire community.”
For more information about the public events, visit the County website at www.brant.ca/2019FFAO or www.ffao.on.ca.