A pancake breakfast fundraiser 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday will hopefully bring the Estherville Fire Department a little closer toward its $75,000 goal needed to buy a rescue truck for the department.
Tom Inman, longtime department veteran, said the truck itself will run $40,000 to $50,000 and by the time shelving and other necessities are added, could cost around $75,000. He said he hoped to go to Pierre, S.D. yesterday to look at a truck. To date, $40,000 has been raised.
Inman said the rescue truck would haul the Jaws of Life and additional air for firefighters' airpacks. The truck could also haul first aid equipment, stabilization legs or airbags to help raise vehicles that may be trapping someone. It could also haul water rescue equipment, cutters, hydraulic rams, personnel or drain equipment. The truck could also carry a generator to light up a fire scene or haul ropes and backboards.
Above is an example of a rescue truck, not necessarily the same make and model the Estherville Fire Department wants to buy.
Inman said the department currently uses two old ambulances to carry equipment. Having everything accessible on one vehicle could help immensely on just about every call the department makes, Inman said.
"There are so many things that can be part of rescue," said Inman, noting agriculture-related mishaps and car accidents among them. "I have seen a crazy amount of different kinds of accidents - of different kinds of people being trapped."
Inman said the department has also just started selling tickets for a raffle for an iPad donated by Black Hills Energy. The iPad drawing will be held during Sweet Corn Days.
The Estherville Fire Department will hold a pancake breakfast fundraiser for a rescue truck 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday at the fire hall on South Fifth Street. A freewill donation will be accepted. There will also be a raffle for door prizes.