These are the Premier Darrell Dexter's remarks from the opening ceremonies of the Digby Fire Truck Rally:
I’m thrilled to be here to help you welcome more than 9,000 firefighters and their families to your department and to your community.
I’m told this is the only event of its kind in Atlantic Canada—yet another example of firefighters leading the way.
Before the buskers take the stage and the bucket brigade challenge begins, I’ve got to be serious for a minute.
It goes without saying that your efforts and dedication have made valuable contributions to the well-being in each of your communities.
There are thousands of volunteer firefighters working in more than 300 fire stations across the province.
The service you provide is invaluable.
All Nova Scotians owe you a debt of gratitude. You are the brave men and women who voluntarily put yourselves at risk to keep residents and communities safe.
Everyone here has made a positive impact. You make your province proud.
On behalf of the province: thank you. For your hard work, for your sacrifice and for your dedication.
I’m told there is a lot planned for the next couple of days to keep people busy, entertained, and to raise funds.
You might have heard about the Pennies for Protection Challenge.
On their own, pennies aren’t worth much these days but add them up and it can make a big difference.
The Fire Service Association of Nova Scotia is challenging Nova Scotians to gather up their pennies from junk drawers and jars to support volunteer fire departments.
I scrounged up a few dollars worth, and I can’t think of a better way to put them to good use.
Every little bit counts.
Now please enjoy the rally!
Have a great weekend, and thanks for having me.