For 30 years the Seaside Fire Department has thrown an annual fundraiser, shared Chris Dugan, fire marshal and division chief off the Seaside Fire Department. The event began with casino night at the old fire station.
“Six or seven years ago it evolved to a barbecue of hamburgers and hot dogs,” he said.
Last year at the event Jan Barber of the Seaside Fire Association and firefighter Genesee Dennis talked about upping the ante, so we did.
“Fire Up” takes place Sept. 7 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the firehouse at 150 S. Lincoln in Seaside. “This is the first time we’re having a high quality dinner and it’s going to be great,” Dugan said.
Barbecued chicken, corn on the cob, cole slaw donated by the Relief Pitcher, and a non-alcoholic beverage are on the menu, which is also available for take out. The price is $15 per person; kids 12 and under are $10.
Larry Kriegshauser, one of the department’s volunteers and a ”huge supporter” of the firehouse, is cooking the chicken and the corn, Dugan said.
“He’s the best,” added Barber.
Firehouse staff and volunteers will be on hand to show everyone a good time.
“Last year we responded to over 1,400 calls for assistance, including fire, medical, road rescue, water rescue, mutual aid, and public service,” Dugan said. “As of last week, we have 100 calls over the number for the same time last year.” More calls means more equipment and more training.
The goal of the “Fire Up” fundraiser is to enhance the department’s equipment and training and update everything to bring it to the best possible standard.
In addition to fantastic food and a chance to check out fire trucks, there will also be drawing tickets on sale offering a chance to win great prizes ranging in value from $100 to $700, donated by community members and local businesses. Prizes included are a private tour of the fire station and breakfast with the chief; a helicopter flight for two; a hosted salmon fishing trip, fine dining; and a live cooking competition. For more details about prizes and drawing tickets, log on to Seasidefire.com.
The planning committee of Dugan, Dennis, Barber and Diane Somers had fun working on the fundraiser and invite the public to come visit with the fire and rescue crew and see the equipment.
“I’m excited about this event because it’s an opportunity to show our firefighters, both staff and volunteers, how much we support and appreciate them,” Barber said. “This is an opportunity to step up for them.”
Since its inception in 1904, this department has always had the commitment of the community, Dugan added. “That’s what makes this a great department.”