Did you get a letter from Milbank Fire and Rescue? Did it contain a ticket? Is it still sitting in your pile of mail?
Get it now, sign the ticket, add your address and phone number, and send it back with your donation. You could win one of five fire extinguishers or a fire extinguisher with a check for $300, $250, $200, $150, $100! Tickets must be returned by May 10. And because the fire department always has your back, they included a self-addressed-envelope. So, what are you waiting for? When the fire is at your house, you can count on Milbank Fire and Rescue to jump in their truck to help you!
Milbank Fire and Rescue typically responds to 60 to 100 calls per year, but the weather last winter created colossal challenges and the volume of calls went up, but even when they weren’t out battling a blaze, the squad spent Thursday evenings making sure the trucks and equipment were ready, working through pre-fire planning, conducting business, completing maintenance, and practicing in-the-field training. Milbank Fire Chief Kevin Schuelke said, “As we return to the hall, it still amazes me to see 30-plus pickups parked in the parking lot. All there to do what is right for the community.”
Last year, your donation allowed the fire and rescue team to purchase automated external defibrillators (AEDs) and self-contained breathing apparatuses (SCBAs). The department has 16 SCBAs and their goal is to replace two per year; each one costs about $6400. Upgrading and replacement of other equipment is also always a serious consideration as the team strives to keep up to date with the National Fire Protection Agency and other safety standards. Schuelke said, “In the future, the department would like to invest in aerial drone technology with thermal imagery. The technology, which provides vision in the dark, could save someone who is disoriented and walks away from an accident or provide heat detection from above a fire.”
Instead of creating fire districts or raising taxes, Milbank Fire and Rescue relies on your support. Why not send in your donation today? You can bet your boots, when you need help, firefighters are on their way.
Submitted Picture: Firefighters- Yellow Helmets, Captains-Red Helmets, Assistant Chiefs- Black Helmets, Chief-White Helmet