Hardin Fire Protection District asked for mutual aid recently. It made a request to the North Pole Fire Department to help bring Santa back to Hardin as the jolly old man hasn’t visited Hardin children for a couple of years.
Hardin Fire Chief Malcolm Cunningham said their request was granted.
“Hardin Fire had a tradition of escorting Santa into and through town, delivering him to the firehouse dating back to the 1980s and 90s. Many times we had trouble dropping off Santa because of the crowd gathered to see him. In the last few years we have had lighting ceremonies and other celebrations, but Santa has been absent,” Cunningham said.
But with the help of the North Pole Fire Department and some of Santa’s local helpers – members of Hardin’s Junior Firefighting Program – Cunningham said Santa is scheduled to arrive in Hardin in the early evening Dec. 14. He’ll be escorted through town by Hardin Fire between 5 and 6 p.m. and will arrive at Hardin’s new fire station, 110 First Street, at 6 to meet all the children.
A professional photographer will be on hand to take photos of Santa with children. Cost is $5 for a 5×7 photo or $10 for four photos on a CD. Cunningham said parents and grandparents are also welcome to bring their cameras, too.
Children are encouraged to bring their letters to Santa at the event, as a collection bag will be there to take back to the North Pole.
Hot chocolate and cookies will also be available at the event.
– JoEllen Black/Richmond News