Alta Fire Dept. preparing for annual appreciation event

Wednesday, July 31, 2013
John Crampton, Jared Schmitz, Dan Strand, Rick Meyer, Jorden Schmitz, Dave Schmitz, Jane Vande Weerd, Ryan Assman, Nate Adams. Middle - Dave Strand, Joey Leonard, Gabe McCormick, Lindsay Brown, Jim Grienke, Dave Suhr. Basck - Brandon Brenner, Keith Page, Bruce Miller, Kirk Reetz, Lynn Dirks, Brad Meyer, John Hase, Steve Vande Weerd, Kevin Marshall, John Wilson, Dan Cameron. Missing were Cody Cameron, Andy Russell, Chris Brown, Mitchell McDonald, Jackson Rosenthal, Olivia Heschke, Kenny Carter, Tristen Banam, Conner Napierala. Joseph Napierala, Mark Glienke /Photo by Lorri Glawe

Get out your dancing shoes and get ready to burn up the dance floor while supporting the Alta Firemen's Association fundraiser set for Saturday, Aug. 24.

A meal of smoked or grilled pork and turkey and a choice of side will kick off the annual event with the members of the volunteer fire department cooking and serving at the Alta Community Center from 5-8 p.m.

Stay and visit with your friends after your meal to enjoy the music provided by DJ Frank Bade.

The cost for this evening of dining and dancing is $8 per person, $4 for kids under 10 or $20 for a family. Home deliveries are available by calling Dave Strand at 730-5322 or Kirk Reetz at 229-1350 (or any other fireman.)

The Alta fire department has been hosting a fundraising event annually for well over 40 years. The people of the community are always great supporters of the department by attending the event. It is a way to "thank" the department for being on call for fires and emergencies and it gives the department members a chance to say thanks to the community for their support as well.

The Alta Fire Department's fire district is 91 square miles and it serves 2,700 people. The dedicated men volunteer their time to putting out fires as well as responding to all emergency calls.

The dedicated officers are: Dave Schmitz, chief; Dan Strand, assistant chief; Dave Strand, foreman; Dave Suhr, secretary/treasurer; Kirk Reetz, training officer; Lindsay Brown, EMS service director.

The dedicated members and junior members are: John Crampton, Jared Schmitz, Rick Meyer, Jorden Schmitz, Jane Vande Weerd, Ryan Assman, Nate Adams, Joey Leonard, Gabe McCormick, Jim Grienke, Brandon Brenner, Keith Page, Bruce Miller, Lynn Dirks, Brad Meyer, John Hase, Steve Vande Weerd, Kevin Marshall, John Wilson, Dan Cameron, Chris Brown.

This year's proceeds will be used in the purchase of a new heavy rescue vehicle which will replace the 1977 van currently used for carrying some of the rescue equipment. The new vehicle will allow the department to transport all of the rescue equipment on one vehicle, instead of being divided between four fire apparatus.

The Alta Fire Department is in the third year of the Jr. Firefighter Program in the high school and it has been a very successful addition to the Alta Fire Department. Currently there are seven high school members in the program that have "exhibited a high level of dedication and are willing to learn and help in all aspects of the fire service," shared the members.

"We are dedicated to come to your assistance at any time of the day or night," the members added.

In the past year, 112 calls have been responded to.

Federal mandate requires that all firefighters have 24 hours of training each year. The Alta firefighters put in this time and more throughout the year.

They also provide support at local activities - such as school events, at the Buena Vista County Fair, the Hanover Festival and others.

The department takes part in the business/school program, Partners in Excellence and are teamed up with the Alta fourth grade classes.

"We look forward to seeing each and every one of you at this special event," they concluded.

If you are unable to attend but would like to support the Alta Fire Department with a donation, please send it to: Alta Firemen's Association, 201 East 2nd St., Alta, IA 51002.