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Calgary Fire Department Drive-By Birthdays

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Young and young-at-heart can get a birthday hello from Calgary's fire department.Photo: Lucy Haines

There have been some touching surprises documented online during this time of social isolation, of friends and families coming near people's homes to shout out birthday greetings, or hovering near the site of wedding vows to offer congratulations and good wishes. Well now, young and old Calgarians can ask for something similar on their special day. To help celebrate Calgarians' birthdays, while respecting the rules of physical distancing, the Calgary Fire Department is offering Drive-By Birthdays to people between the ages of 4-12 and 75+.

"This idea came from our members and the Calgary Firefighters' Association, and they have been a driving force in getting this program launched," says Calgary Fire Department Chief Steve Dongworth. "We are living in a difficult time, and if the Calgary Fire Department can help in a small way by bringing a smile to the face of birthday celebrants – both young and old - then we are happy to do so."

From now until the end of May 2020, citizens can request a special Drive-By Birthday by calling 311 or filling out a Fire Dept – Operation Birthdays service request online.

In the event the department is called to assist in an emergency, this service can't be guaranteed.

For more information, see calgary.ca/birthdaysurprise.