The Cherokee Fire Department's main fund-raiser is under way, with firefighters canvassing the City selling tickets for the annual Firemen's Dance scheduled for 8 p.m. to midnight Saturday, April 24.
The 128th annual dance will be held at the Cherokee VFW Club and tickets are just $5 per couple. This year's band is "The Senders," a popular, time-honored Rock 'n Roll band from Northwest Iowa.
In 2009 the Cherokee Fire Department responded to 87 calls, including fires, accidents, rescues, and ambulance assistance.
Each year, firefighters are asked to increase their training time. All Cherokee firefighters are certified in Fire Fighter 1 and II, hazardous materials, confined space, extraction, CPR, and NIMS. Each year every volunteer must take refresher courses to be better prepared to respond to any type of an emergency.
In case of an emergency, residents should call 911 for fast response from the trained and experienced Cherokee Fire & Rescue Department.
Proceeds from the Firemen's Dance benefit the department, its equipment needs, and on-going training.
Gary Chase is Chief, Greg Eaton 1st Assistant Chief, Mike Allbaugh 2nd Assistant Chief, Roger Frisbie Treasurer, and Hank Hayes Secretary.