Last week, Dollywood Heroes Tour was hosted at the Kingsport Fire Station 2 on Cresent Drive in Kingsport. Dolly Parton’s theme park in the Great Smoky Mountains, Dollywood, will be launching a fire service themed roller coaster this season. The ride, FireChaser Express, will be a family ride that is based around The Wilderness Pass Volunteer Fire Department. A ’41 Ford fire engine will be on display at the ride, as well as several sections of fire hose that has been signed by firefighters from across the state of Tennessee.
The Heroes Tour has toured across the state of Tennessee hosting events to spread the word about Dollywood’s latest attraction. On Thursday, the event was hosted in Kingsport. The tour has also held events at Pigeon Forge Station 2 and Nashville Fire Station 9. Firefighters from The Model City signed pieces of fire hose that will be on display at the new ride. The station that the event was hosted at, the Kingsport Fire Station 2, was built in 1941, the same model as the fire engine that was housed in the apparatus bay for the event from Dollywood.
During the event, Vice Mayor Mike McIntire represented the city in presenting a proclamation announcing that Thursday, February 27th, 2014, is Imagination Library Day. Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is a program that has been in Sullivan County, TN for 10 years now. All children from newborn to 6 years old receive one book per month to help promote reading to school age children. Representatives from the local chapter also announced that during the 10 years, they have sent over 500,000 books to the residents of Sullivan County.
Following the media event, Public Education Officer Barry Brickey read a book to a group of children that were in attendance. They also all received a tour of the fire station before the event, and were given a copy of the book to take home with them. Following the stop in Kingsport, the tour continued to Gatlinburg, TN to be on display during the Smokey Mountain Weekend.
A dedication of the ride is being planned for May 4th, 2014 at Dollywood. Future details to this event will be posted at a later date.
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