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Santa patrols out making friends
Enumclaw crews begin Wednesday, will finish rounds Saturday evening
Firefighters throughout the Plateau will again be out in force spreading some holiday cheer, sponsoring Santa Patrols that blanket the region.
Firefighters from Enumclaw/District 28, Buckley and East Pierce Fire and Rescue traditionally operate patrols, handing out candy canes and allowing youngsters to visit with Santa.
Firefighters will tour city streets on four nights – beginning tonight, Wednesday, and continuing through Saturday.
The schedule calls for the following routes:
• Tonight – Watson Street west to Semanski Street, Roosevelt south to Warner Avenue;
• Thursday – Semanski west to 244th, McHugh Avenue south to Warner Avenue;
• Friday – Semanski east to Division Street, McHugh Avenue south to Roosevelt Avenue;
• Saturday – everything from Division east, McHugh south to Roosevelt.
The Buckley Fire Department kicked off its Santa Patrol Monday and will continue through Friday.
Routes are the same as in previous years. Wednesday, the crew will cover B, C and D streets to Main Street and Collins Road; Thursday, Santa and his team travel through the Coopperwynd development; and Friday, the group will visit Shay Estates along Bevlo, Sheets and Klink streets, winding up at Rainier School.
As in years past, the Buckley squad will also be collecting donations for the local food bank.
East Pierce Fire and Rescue firefighters have a lot of territory to cover and began making the rounds Dec. 6. They will be visiting Wilkeson and South Prairie Sunday. A department vehicle will cruise a few blocks ahead of the sleigh to let everyone know Santa has arrived.
Firefighters warn everyone to be cautious around the moving vehicles.