Cochranites just want to say thanks to all of the first responders who are out there everyday making sure we stay safe.

There was a parade to celebrate first responders in Heritage Hills last week and Fire Inspector Jeff Avery says it was very much appreciated.

"Awesome really, it's kind of overwhelming. We appreciate the support and in turn we want to take our fire trucks and have the ambulance crew and the RCMP joining us on our little parades just to say thank you back. I know it's not fun being stuck in your house but it's the only way to beat COVID-19 is for everybody to stay indoors and we are going to beat this."

Avery says they brought two fire trucks, two ambulances and a couple of RCMP vehicles into the neighbourhood.

"There was a bunch of people standing on their lawns banging on pots and pans, making some noise and thanking us. There was no contact of any kind, everyone was practicing their social distancing and it was just a quick hello and a wave and on we went."

They have a few more parades coming up later this week and into next week. 

"We'll probably just stick to the main routes, we won't go down into any cul de sacs or anything like that. We'll just stick to the main arteries and do a drive-by and go from there."

The next scheduled ones are:

Friday, April 3 @ 7 p.m. - Sunset Ridge

Monday, April 6 @ 7 p.m. - GlenEagles

Wednesday, April 8 @ 7 p.m. - River Heights 

Avery says if your community is interested in hosting a thank-you rally you need to get a hold of the fire department or Town Councillor Marni Fedeyko.