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Kingstonians put out fires for a good cause in support of the United Way

Kingston Fire and Rescue held a fundraiser for the local United Way that allowed civilians to safely put out fires for a good cause.
Kingston Fire and Rescue held a fundraiser for the local United Way that allowed civilians to safely put out fires for a good cause. Global Kingston

Have you ever wanted to know what it’s like to be a member of Kingston Fire and Rescue?

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Some people fulfilled that dream on Tuesday, when the fire department hosted an open house, offering firefighting demonstrations in support of the United Way KFL&A.

For a minimum $20 donation, people could experience the challenges of fire training for themselves.

The general public and members of the media took part.

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As part of the fundraiser, participants had the opportunity to dress in full fire gear, go through the training facility, extinguish a car fire with a pressurized fire hose and use various tools for vehicle extraction exercises.

“The training they do here was amazing,” said Clinton Halloway, a United Way employee who took part in the training.

“It was a lot harder then what I thought it would be.

The fundraiser was held at the Fire and Rescue training facility off Terry Fox Drive.

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According to the City of Kingston, about 25 people took part in the fundraiser.

Together, they raised just over $200, but donations are still being accepted online.