It’s the time of year when flashing red lights take on a different meaning, even if you might still catch those lights on a fire truck.
“This is a time in a non-emergency setting where we can come out and mingle with the people a little bit,” said Engineer Paul Grenier of the Rocklin Fire Department.
Grenier and the firefighters of Rocklin are doing something Sunday they’ve done for 35 years in a row now. They are turning a fire truck into a first-class Christmas coach, a holiday ride befitting the big guy in the red suit.
“You should see it. People come out of their houses, kids run out of their houses in their pajamas jumping up and down. They can’t believe that Santa’s actually on their street,” Grenier said.
St. Nick will be touring Rocklin neighborhoods in the decked-out fire truck. Watch for the jolly old elf this week and next.
He’ll be riding on a brush rig — a wildfire fighting truck that is on all-too-short a break for the season.
So even on the foggiest of eves, Santa ought to be able to get through.
“We have to make sure that it’s decorated properly, that it’s fitting for the occasion. Certainly Santa’s a big celebrity, here in Rocklin, and anywhere,” Grenier said.