It started as a dream, and thanks to donations from various areas, the community of Eyebrow has a new fire hall.
The last few years the board of directors for the fire hall have been asking for grants and establishing new ways to upgrade the service they provide not only to their town but surrounding RMs as well.
"We're going to finally be having our grand opening," explained Corey Doerksen, a volunteer firefighter, and board member. "We think we've got everything completed; we did a little landscaping a little while back and now we want to invite the community and surrounding people out for a celebration of getting the fire hall finished."
It wasn't long ago that the residents who signed up to be a part of life-saving efforts were using a two-car garage donated by the RM to use as a fire hall until a better facility was available.
"I think it's a pretty special moment; it was an idea that conceived quite a while ago by some of the older ones that are on the board. Now we're starting to see a lot of younger people join, we did rescue training and had quite a few people out for that. I think we had fourteen or fifteen people trained for that now."
In the last year or two, they've not only upgraded their equipment but also underwent specialized training to be able to respond to more severe incidents as they can now respond to rescue calls.
Despite having the added training, Doerksen noted they thankfully haven't had to respond to a rescue call yet. He said he's glad, as it means the community has been safe.
It's clear that the members and community believe in investing in the fire hall, but Doerksen said nothing would have been possible without the donations from people near and far.
"So many donations from as high as in the $10,000 bracket, down to $50 or $75 as personal donations. This going to be for everybody, even the people who didn't donate come on down and help us celebrate the grand opening."
Just last year, the initiative got another financial bump as they won the 800 CHAB Great 8 and were handed a cheque to help with the build.
One and all are welcome to join in the grand opening, supper and ribbon cutting ceremony taking place on Thursday at the Eyebrow Fire Hall. Attendees are welcome to enjoy food and all the members ask for in return is a donation so they can continue on with improvements to their facility, equipment, tools, and training.
Attendees can stop by the event starting at 5 pm, following supper the ribbon cutting will take place around 7 pm. People will be able to browse the brand new building, see what they use on each call and speak with the men and women who volunteer to help those in need in the Eyebrow area.