Support our firefighters

Thursday, March 25, 2010

We encourage area residents to support the Cherokee Volunteer Fire Department by purchasing tickets now available for the annual Fireman's Dance.

The annual ball is the department's major fund-raiser for the year, with proceeds going to additional and improved equipment for the courageous volunteer firefighters.

At $5 per ticket good for one couple, the cost of attending the dance is trivial for the good your purchase of the tickets can accomplish.

The department, on call 24 hours a day seven days a week, was summoned to several fire calls in the past year, including a major blaze at the Timber Ridge Apartments, and the timely response and quality of the Cherokee firefighters and their equipment is respected throughout the state.

In the past year, area firefighters have attended many training sessions and increased their knowledge to better protect us and our property. In addition, the department is continually promoting fire prevention and fire safety, while answering any and all emergency calls.

The department also has added major, valuable vehicles to its fleet by taking advantage of available grants and working closely with the City, County, and Rural Fire District.

As the firefighters report, their response action includes fires, explosions, building collapse, tornadoes, floods, drownings, suffocations, hazardous materials, gas leaks, rescues of humans and animals, and wrecks of trains, planes and all other vehicles.

The job includes fire control, first aid, salvage, arson detection and control of looting.

If you missed the firefighters selling tickets to the ball at your door, contact the department at 225-3906.

And, even if you choose not to attend the dance, please buy a ticket anyway to help maintain our local department as one of the very best around.

When you cross paths with these men and, for that matter, all members of our area volunteer fire departments, take the time to thank them for their selfless dedication to helping protect our communities and our properties.

Then, be sure to attend the annual dance to show them just how supportive you are of them.