Fire truck pullers raise $62,000 for United Way of Northern B.C.

Fire truck haulers flexed their muscles and opened their wallets on Saturday morning, raising more than $62,000 for the United Way of Northern B.C.

Ten teams came together for the eighth annual event outside the Pomeroy Sport Centre, with Progress Energy pulling away with the fastest time in the Heavy Weight category with a pull time of 12.33 seconds. The Progress team also raised $4,000 for the event, while the company made a separate corporate donation of $50,000.

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"The United Way campaign is a very worthwhile campaign," said Randy Sather, operations manager.

"On behalf of all the Progress team and all the employees, the families and the friends, and the colleagues, it wasn't just a Progress effort. It was a concerted effort from everybody."

Enbridge was winner in Not So Heavy Weight category with a time of 17.18 seconds, and the team raised $8,648, the most by an individual team. 

Ninenty per cent of every dollar raised goes back into community programming in Fort St. John and the surrounding area that's supported by the United Way of Northern B.C.

"I want to let you know what an amazing community Fort St. John is and just to see the love that pours out to your most vulnerable," said Lindsey Larsen, director of resource development.

"This money stays within Fort St. John and the surrounding area. Only 10 per cent goes back to United Way, which means nine out of every $10 you're putting in is going back to social programs in your community to help those people that need the most help."

Team Times

Heavy Weight Category:

  1. Progress Energy: 12.33
  2. Shell: 14.49
  3. Techmation: 15.24

Not So Heavy Weight Category:

  1. Enbridge: 17.18
  2. Just Jacks: 18.47
  3. Driving Force: 18.70
  4. Northern Lights College: 18.96
  5. Shell Canada: 19.91
  6. Peace River Hydro Partners: 21.04
  7. Chances Fort St. John: 24.51

Best Dressed/Most Spirited Team: Just Jacks

Money raised:

  • Enbridge: $8,647.90
  • Progress Energy: $4,000 *
  • Techmation: $1,750
  • Chances/Just Jacks: $915
  • Shell: $740
  • Driving Force: $250
  • Northern Lights College: 250
  • Peace River Hydro Partners: $250

* Progress Energy also made a separate corporate donation of $50,000 to the United of Northern B.C.

Email Managing Editor Matt Preprost at

[Editor's Note: clarifies donation totals from Progress Energy. The fire truck pull team raised $4,000, while Progress made a separate corportate donation of $50,000 to the United Way of Northern B.C]

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