Chipping away at it

Members of the Campbell River Fire Department were busy chipping old Christmas trees Jan. 2 at the Sportsplex. A steady stream of vehicles dropped off trees by donation, and all proceeds went to the BC Professional Fire Fighters Association Burn Fund. C & L Supply Rentals donated the chipper for the day, while Upland Excavating Ltd. donated a dump truck. Firefighter Lee Pendergast says the fire department has been chipping Christmas trees for at least 10 years, and they usually raise between $2,000 and $3,000 for the Burn Fund each year. Here, firefighters Seth Hildebrand (left) and Chris Vanendries put trees through the chipper.