North Lincoln Firefighters will be holding their yummy-good annual Ham Dinner today at Taft High School from 11:30am through 6:30 this evening. Some of the best cooking on the planet comes from “fire house chefs,” so it’s yet another opportunity to scarf down some good eats for a good cause.
Money raised by the Ham Dinner goes to purchase firefighting, rescue and general safety equipment for firefighters. Such gear includes heart monitors, thermal imaging cameras to find victims inside burning buildings obscured by smoke, sometimes at crash scenes and which the cops borrow all the time when searching for suspects hiding in thick coastal brush. Other equipment range from “jaws of life” to fast cutting metal saws to extract crash victims from crunched cars – high intensity lights to illuminate traffic, rescue or fire scenes…it never ends.
Fire Captain Jim Kusz ham of course is on the menu today courtesy of Kenny’s IGA, along with other tasty supplements from local restaurants.
Kusz says a quilt symbolizing the 9-1-1 terrorist attacks in 2001 will be raffled off including a survival kit. Those who are the meatless among us can also buy raffle tickets while perusing the many indoor and outdoor emergency/disaster preparedness displays at the high school. Local Community Emergency Response Team members will also be on hand to tell us what they do to supplement emergency services in disasters, big and small and how you too can become a “CERT”-ified member of a great group of people.
Eight bucks gets you in – five for kids 12 and younger. The littler ones share some of mom’s for free.
With a storm coming in later today it might be a good idea to make this one a ‘Ham Lunch.’