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Manchester Fire Prevention Parade won't be held this year
The Fire Prevention Parade won't take place this weekend, ending a decades-old tradition that had kicked off a week of activities to raise awareness around fire safety. Manchester Fire Chief James Burkush called off the parade, citing prior low attendance and the cost of the event.
Burkush said he made the decision to cancel the parade due to a "significant drop in attendance," and he noted there were considerable expenses associated with it, including the cost for a police detail, transporting the high school bands and having portable toilets.
In the past, those costs were largely covered by sponsors and business donations.
Mayor Ted Gatsas said he supported Burkush. "This was a decision the chief made. I don't try dictate what a department head should do," he said. "He felt obviously there wasn't a big turnout, and there weren't as many fire departments (participating)."
"Personally, I think Chief Burksush should sit down and reflect a bit," Pinard said. "Maybe it's time for the people of Manchester to make changes."
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