HUNTSVILLE, ON- The fire department will be cooling down neighbourhood parks in Huntsville over the next few weeks.

According to a news release issued by the Huntsville and Lake of Bays Fire Department, a new program is being launched to engage with the community and provide fire information safety to residents and children.

The program, known as “Sparky’s Cool Zone”, will see firefighters bringing out one of the engines to three different community parks for the next three weeks, starting this Thursday evening.

Kids will be able to get a cool treat, look at the truck, and run through the water being sprayed from the vehicle.

Practical information and tips for keeping safe and preventing fires will also be on offer.

“Fires burn hotter and faster than ever before,” says Mike Vadlja, Fire Prevention Officer with the Huntsville/Lake of Bays Fire Department, in the release.

“Finding new and innovative ways to engage with our communities helps us provide information to residents on the danger of home fires, the importance of working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms and on the benefits of having a well-rehearsed home fire escape plan.”

The first event will be at Meadow Park playground at 30 Forest View Drive, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

The next two will be at River Mill Park on August 1st and Irene Street Park on August 8th, both from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.