We have received many great submissions for The Frosting Project but it was pretty easy to pick the Kentville Volunteer Fire Department for our second award. Really, every member of every volunteer fire department deserves special thanks and recognition (although unfortunately we can’t make cake for all of them!).
The Kentville Volunteer Fire Department (KVFD) responds to an average of over 350 calls each year and provides services to the Town of Kentville, Municipality of the County of Kings, and Mutual Aid to neighbouring fire departments. Some members of KVFD are involved with specialty services with Wolfville, Canning and New Minas Fire Departments, including the Hazardous Materials Team (HazMat), High Angle Rope Rescue and a Cold Water Rescue Team.
These folks have their jobs, family and social lives just like the rest of us, but they also provide a volunteer service to the community that you cannot show enough appreciation for. From fighting blazing structure fires, weekly training, monthly meetings, and helping raise money for their volunteer organization – being a fire fighter is a huge commitment of time, energy and a promise to protect life, environment and property.
The KVFD was established in 1888 and they have a huge beautiful bell in the lobby of their auditorium so we thought it would be cool to make a cake version of their bell. Since it is their 125th anniversary this year as well, we added an emblem to recognize that amazing milestone as well. Of course we had to put on a fire hose to add a little whimsy! Here is our cake:
Last night they were scheduled to have their monthly meeting at 8pm in the auditorium, so with help from their nominator, Nicki, and their Chairman, in order to surprise them we arrived at 7:30 and tucked ourselves away in the kitchen while the members came in and got settled for the meeting. The Chairman introduced us first so we were able to make the presentation and they could have their cake before the meeting began (we wondered how smoothly the meeting would go with everyone on a sugar high!). The team was very touched and grateful, they even made a presentation to us and gave us a few goodies to thank us for our hard work – what an awesome bunch. We were able to grab a quick pic of the team with the cake before it got dismantled:
We live in the city now but we have both lived in small towns and we know first hand how important the services are that these volunteers provide. These folks work extremely hard and make incredible sacrifices to provide these services. How lucky are we to have people like this in our communities.
Thanks Nicki for sharing their story and thanks so much to everyone at the KVFD for all that you do!