57th Volunteer Firefighters’ Annual Ham Dinner
This year brings some big changes for your dining pleasure!
Sunday, February 16th at Taft High School 11:00am to 6:30pm
The Firefighters’ Ham Dinner has been taking place since 1958, as a means for local volunteer firefighters to raise funds to support their work in providing you with emergency services. This year, the volunteers selected a succulent honey cured ham from Kenny’s IGA, a new brown gravy sauce by Chef Robert Wiffen, coleslaw dressing donated by Tidal Raves, Mo’s famous Marionberry cobbler, fresh coffee from Cape Foulweather Coffee Company and Karen Brown will be making the dinner tables flower arrangements, making this truly a community effort and event.
North Lincoln Fire & Rescue volunteers will welcome hungry friends and families with bigger displays than before. As well as our newest engines and trucks, there will be information on Earthquakes, Tsunamis, Fire Prevention and Life Safety. Local CERT members and other Emergency Preparedness organizations will also be there! So any questions you may have will be answered and you’ll have a chance to become better acquainted with your local fire personnel!
From this annual event, the volunteers acquire equipment or supplies that the District might not otherwise be able to make available. Over the years, money raised by the Ham Dinner, along with generous donations, has purchased a number of items that allow the volunteers to provide better emergency service. Heart monitors were purchased in 1998 and 2001. In 2002, over $12,000.00 was used to purchase a Thermal Imaging Camera, an infra-red device useful in finding hot spots in fire situations and live victims in limited vision situations. In 2003, the volunteers purchased a set of two rams and anchor plates to add to the “Jaws-of-Life”, cost $5200.00. In 2006, $670.00 was spent to maintain water rescue gear and $3500.00 was used to acquire a new “Rapid Deployment” rescue inflatable craft.
The Association purchased another Thermal Imaging Camera for $8950.00, matching a North Lincoln Fire & Rescue District purchase. Seven electric reciprocal saws to be used for vehicle extrication and fire overhaul were purchased for $900.00. A stair chair to help move patients up and down stairs was acquired, and a few years ago, with $3000.00 from the Ham Dinner Fund, volunteers were able to purchase four portable light units which are used at accident scenes, water rescue incidents and other places where corded lights won’t reach.
Our intention is to give the diners good value for their dollar($8.00 for adults, $5.00 12 year old or younger and toddlers eat free), educate the public on what our volunteers do in the district, share life saving information and give the proceeds back to the community in the form of improved emergency services.
Thanks for your years of support,
Captain Jim Kusz
For more information call 541-996-2233