Santa to make visits on fire truck

By KATHRYN ACREE

Santa will ride the Cahaba Valley Fire Department Truck around North Shelby County on Dec. 17. Photo by Madoline Markham.

Perched on top of a ladder truck and fire engine, Santa will be making an early visit to a street near you on Saturday, Dec. 17. Be sure to come out to wave and catch the candy he throws, all courtesy of the Cahaba Valley Fire Department.
For nearly 20 years, the firefighters of the CVFD have personally escorted Santa through the residential areas of the department’s district in North Shelby County.

“Santa has his toss down pretty good by now,” said Commander Grant Wilkinson, the district’s public information officer. “He makes sure the candy goes into the yards so that kids don’t run out into the street toward the truck. Safety is still top priority.”

Wilkinson would not divulge how the CVFD is on such good terms with Saint Nick, but he did drop the hint that often rookies to the department are involved.
He arranges Santa’s route on two trucks to make sure he visits all the children he can, no matter their age.

The board that directs the CVFD’s operations budgets for the purchase of candy for Santa to share with onlookers.

“We usually make one big shopping trip to prepare for Santa’s ride and spend $500 to $700 on candy,” Wilkinson said.

Santa’s fire trucks leave the station at 8 a.m. and continue en route through the evening, usually around 4 or 5 p.m. He follows a reindeer map designed by the department, but Wilkinson noted that the schedule may be affected by traffic and the times are approximate.

“If there is an emergency, Santa has kindly consented to release his reindeer for that purpose and will attempt to complete his route as best he can,” Wilkinson said.

Route #1:

Location

Estimated Arrival Time

Reindeer pace (min.)

Kenley Way

8:00 a.m.

15

Colonial Village Inverness Rental Info Center

8:20 a.m.

5

Colonial Village Inverness Mail Boxes

8:30 a.m.

5

Cahaba Beach Road

8:40 a.m.

10

Beach Circle

8:55 a.m.

10

Edenton Street/Portabella Road

9:10 a.m.

10

Lenox Lane / Lenox Drive

9:25 a.m.

10

Cahaba Lakes Clubhouse

9:40 a.m.

10

Eagle Ridge Lane (The Hills of Brook Highland)

9:55 a.m.

5

Eagle Ridge Drive (Eagle Ridge Apartments)

10:05 a.m.

10

Eagle Ridge Drive (Eagle Ridge Townes)

10:20 a.m.

10

Meadow Drive (Club House)

10:35 a.m.

10

Brook Highland Lane (Mail Station)

10:50 a.m.

10

Stone Brook (All Streets)

11:05 a.m.

15

Magnolia Place

11:25 a.m.

15

Calumet Drive

11:45 p.m.

10

 

Reindeer Rest Break

12:00 p.m.

40

 

Brook Highland (All Streets)

12:45 p.m.

90

The Narrows (All Streets)

2:20 p.m.

90

Forest Parks 280

4:15 p.m.

30

Route #2:

Location

Estimated Arrival Time

Reindeer pace (min.)

Turtle Lake Apartments

8:00 a.m.

15

Stone Crest Apartments

8:20 a.m.

15

Eagle Point

8:40 a.m.

90

Highland Lakes

10:15 a.m.

180

Reindeer Rest Break

1:15 P.M.

40

Aaronvale Circle

1:45 p.m.

10

Villa Belvedere/Belvedere Cove

2:00 p.m.

15

Regent Park

2:20 p.m.

10

Highland Village Trail

2:35 p.m.

10

Mt Laurel

2:50 p.m.

35

Mt Laurel Ave./Olmsted St/

Mt Laurel Park

3:30 p.m.

10

Old Dunnavant Valley Road

3:50 p.m.

10

Dunnavant Place/Birch Creek II

4:05 p.m.

15

Birch Creek

4:35 p.m.

10

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