Houghton Fire Department offering to help out for birthdays during crisis

HOUGHTON — The Houghton Fire Department has noticed a trend with fire departments around the country that are spreading some cheer during the COVID–19 crisis, and now they’re going to be following that trend.

Throughout the crisis, the Houghton fire department will be helping out for children’s birthday parties by having a mini–parade, that’s special for their special day.

With the governor’s order for people to stay at home unless travel is necessary, this means that many children who would be looking forward to having a birthday party could be missing out on their celebration, and that’s where the fire department wants to help out.

“Well during this hard time, this is really difficult on everyone, especially for the kids who sometimes wait all year looking forward to their birthday party,” said Austin Kucharski, a firefighter with the Houghton Fire Department. “And now it gets cancelled due to social distancing. So now they have something to look forward to, and I think all kids like firetrucks so it helps out in both aspects: They get to see something they like, with the sirens and lights, and also helping out with not having a birthday party.”

The fire department will drive by with their lights and sirens on to wish children who live in the city limits a happy birthday until the crisis has ended.

If you are interested in having them swing by for your child’s birthday, you can visit their Facebook page, or give them a call directly at 906–482–0009.