Although most of Airdrie's residents are accustomed to the yellow fire engines that the city's fire department has, for the month of October, the fire department's front-line engine will be coloured pink. This colour change is not just meant to turn heads, but to also raise awareness around the impact of cancer.

"This front line engine will be seen throughout Airdrie for the month of October. Cancer touches so many people in the community, Airdrie Firefighters were looking for a way to engage in the conversation around Cancer prevalence for the month of October," stated a press release from the Airdrie Professional Firefighters Association

Members of the public will see the Engine responding to calls in the community throughout the month, and as always, when the crews are finished addressing emergency events they will be happy to connect with the public and share stories of their personal experiences.

According to the Airdrie Professional Firefighters Association, in addition to the risk faced by the public with a cancer diagnosis, Firefighters carry more than two times the risk of a testicular, mesothelioma, or brain cancer diagnosis than the general public and four times the risk of cervical cancer.

"We encourage you to have your picture taken with the truck and make a donation to any of your favourite and trusted charities that support those impacted by the disease."

The colour change was made possible by the work of the Airdrie Professional Firefighters Association, alongside the Airdrie Fire Department, Mattamy Homes, and Cowan Graphics. Mattamy Homes helped finance the project, while Cowan Graphics wrapped the truck.

To start the month off, the pink-wrapped engine will be at the Airdrie Home Coming event on Saturday, October 1.

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