Sandy Township, PA – There’s still time to buy a real, fresh-smelling Christmas tree… while also supporting our local firefighters!

North Point volunteer fire company serving Sandy Township will host a Christmas tree sale in the parking lot of RE/MAX Select Group realty, on Route 255 outside the Treasure Lake front gate. All proceeds from the sale will go toward fire company equipment needs and facility updates.

The sale continues this weekend and next weekend, Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 7-8 and 14-15, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Listen to the interview with Eric Tinker from North Point Volunteer Fire Company.

Fire chief Rob Burgeson explains what motivated the sale. “Last Christmas Eve, our company drove Santa around to visit parts of the community on one of our firetrucks,” Burgeson says. “We usually only get called out at what might be the worst time in a family’s life, so our tour with Santa gave us a chance to interact with residents on a happier kind of occasion than we typically get to. We all care a lot about the community and want to continue to foster those relations.”

Burgeson says the firefighters hope to construct a new engine facility, and he explains how the firefighters will use the sale not only as a fundraiser toward that effort, but also an opportunity to educate the community about holiday fire safety. “Statistically, fires happen most frequently around Christmas in the U.S. because of complications related to decorations,” he says. “With each tree we sell, we’ll provide a list of tips to help the community avoid holiday fire dangers.”

The firefighters themselves will cut the trees, which will be supplied by Terra Nurseries of Falls Creek (which is no longer in operation). They also will be able to mount trees in specific types of stands.

They have Blue Spruce and Fraser Firs. The cost is anywhere from $35 to $70, depending on the size of the tree. They have up to about 10-foot trees.

To pre-order a particular species or request any order specifications, call Rob Burgeson at 603-903-2624.

PHOTO: North Point Fire Company captain Tim Byrne and chief Rob Burgeson.