Firefighter Tyler Saxby wrestles a Christmas tree through the tree chipper on Saturday at the Sportsplex while firefighters Seth Hildebrand

Tree recyclers chip into firefighters’ burn fund

Campbell River event was so popular that it raised more than $2,800

Campbell River firefighters were kept busy Saturday chipping Christmas trees in the Sportsplex parking lot.

The event was so popular that it raised more than $2,800 – a slight increase from last year’s $2,300 – which will go towards the BC Professional Firefighters Burn Fund.

Campbell River Fire Chief Ian Baikie said the tree chipping helps those in need while offering a quick and easy way for people to get rid of their Christmas trees.

“This event helps the Campbell River Fire Department prevent fire hazards for homeowners by providing a way to dispose of dry Christmas trees,” said Baikie in a release. “As a bonus, this fundraiser supports research and treatment for burn victims in British Columbia.”

It also helps keep the trees out of the city’s landfill, which is nearing capacity.

The city’s professional firefighters thanked the community for its support. Marc Stuart of Uplands Excavating donated the trailer and hauled the chips, Steve Wood of Budget Tree Services, as he has for many years donated his tree chipper.

Anyone who missed the tree chipping and still needs to dispose of their Christmas tree can drop it off at the Yard Waste Drop-Off Centre which will accept trees cut in half free of charge. The Drop-off Centre is located on Willis Road (west of the Shell Station on the Inland Highway 19) and is open year round, Friday to Tuesday from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.