The Grand Forks Fire-Rescue service is holding their 13th Annual Ladder-A-Thon this Friday and Saturday in the Overwaitea parking lot in Grand Forks.
Each year this event raises funds to support the efforts of the volunteer fire department. The project this year is a burn building facility for use in training members on how to deal with being inside a burning building. On a recent news cast a commercially created unit of this type was cited as costing $750,000. That’s a very large expense – too much for a small department like ours. So the unit is creating their own from a couple of ‘sea cans’ on grounds the city has given them to use near the airport.
The main activity of the ladder-a-thon has a ladder extended into the air with a firemen sitting at the top. For 24 hours there will be someone up there, each member taking a one hour shift. Even in the rain. All day and all night.
The volunteer fire-rescue members come out to help when you need it – maybe you could think about coming out to help them, they could use it. Have a hot dog, chat with the members leave a donation. It will be greatly appreciated.
Their website: http://www.gffr.ca/