Extending its Christmas Eve tradition, Alpha Fire Company spread some holiday cheer Tuesday.
The crew headed out on two routes with decorated trucks to hand out thousands of candy canes to children in the State College area. It’s a day that many of the guys in the station look forward to each year, said Fire Administrator Rusty Schreiner. One of the routes moves east and the other moves west to cover as much ground as possible.
It’s a tradition that has been in place for more than 20 years and includes appearances of Santa Claus on both routes.
Schreiner said it’s an important day because it helps with community outreach and puts a smile on the faces of the locals.
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“They’re a very important part of the Alpha Fire Company, and we like to give back what we can when we can,” he said of the people they serve.
In total, about 50 to 60 firefighters will participate in the fun, he said. They got to the station early to string lights and other Christmas decorations on the trucks.
For Schreiner, the best part is decorating the trucks and seeing them shine for Christmas.
But in case of emergency, the firefighters are still ready to mobilize.
Other fire trucks that don’t have decorations follow behind the festive ones in case a fire breaks out and they have to head to it. But Schreiner said they have never had a major fire during the festivities.
Schreiner said they plan to continue the event in the future, and he will always look forward to it.