Monona Volunteer Fire Department Pancake Breakfast a success
By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor
The Monona Volunteer Fire Department had a good turnout at its pancake breakfast on Saturday, as the firemen showed off their culinary skills and their new rescue equipment. Boxes were set up for attendees to drop off clothing donations for the Marquette fire victims. Twenty-five percent of the proceeds from the event also went to the Marquette fire victims, while the rest went toward the purchase of new rescue equipment.
Donations from previous pancake breakfasts, along with the annual fund drive, helped the fire department purchase a new spreader, cutter, ram and some hoses, which arrived in January. Chief Dave Smith said this was the first jaws equipment the department had gotten since the 1990s. The firemen practice with the equipment once each year, then use it for emergency situations. So far, the new equipment has been used once.
“It’s amazing,” Smith said of what they can do. “It makes things a lot easier.”
A Gator was also recently purchased with funds from the Upper Mississippi Gaming Corporation. Smith said the department is now working on purchasing some accessories, including a water tank with a pump that can be used to fight grass fires. They would also like to get a med bed, which would allow firefighters to rescue people from areas inaccessible to other rescue vehicles.
Area farmers, businesses and banks also helped the fire department purchase some grain bin rescue equipment—the first equipment of its kind the department has had.
“We have all the equipment now for a safe and efficient rescue,” Smith said.