Augusta Fire Department provides safe trick-or-treating space

This is the second year the Augusta Fire Department has doled out candy for Halloween, and hundreds of trick-or-treaters came out.
This is the second year the Augusta Fire Department has doled out candy for Halloween, and hundreds of trick-or-treaters came out.

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WJBF)- The Augusta Fire Department is putting more stops on trick-or-treaters’ routes. This is the second year the Augusta Fire Department has doled out candy for Halloween, and hundreds of trick-or-treaters came out. The kids loved it, and parents say they enjoyed peace of mind knowing their little ones were getting candy from trusted public servants.

“[It’s] a safe and friendly alternative to walking around a neighborhood,” said Lt. Michael Tomaszewski of the Augusta Fire Department.

Fire stations in Richmond County even let kids climb up in the trucks, but for parents, it’s more about safety.

“I just think it’s safer that way,” said local mom Aliycia Jenkins. “Because it’s trusted people.”

Employees at Augusta Fire Stations gave out out bowls and bowls of candy, and it was all paid for out-of-pocket.

“I was told that one bag out of like five earlier had 400 pieces, and somebody had to go to the store to buy another several hundred,”  Tomaszewski said. “I’d guess somewhere around 1,200, 1,300 pieces of candy.”

Station Six had given away nearly 15 pounds of candy after just an hour.

“And I don’t know how late kids will come or not, but as long as we have candy we’ll keep giving it out,” he said.

While kids are walking away with buckets loaded down with candy, parents are at ease knowing our men and women in uniform are here to serve.

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