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New Bothwell Fire Dept. Holds Fundraiser

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The fundraiser in full swing at the New Bothwell fire hall New Bothwell Fire Dept.

At their annual fundraiser on October 9, the New Bothwell Fire Department raised $2,600 toward the purchase of additional equipment for the fire hall. The fundraiser was held at the hall in conjunction with Fire Prevention Week.

“Approximately 260 people came through our doors,” says District Fire Chief Rob Hiebert. “It was a good turn-out. We had well over 50 silent auction prizes to give away.”

In previous years, the raised funds have helped buy expensive items like the Jaws of Life, struts, and portable water tanks. While no specific new piece of equipment has been announced yet, this year’s money will go in the kitty for the next big purchase.

“$2,600 is a great start, but sometimes it takes a few years to raise money as the need arises,” Hiebert says.

The fire department had a burn trailer on site which people could tour to learn more about what to do during various fire emergencies. They also had burn stations and a water hose for kids to spread water.

Earlier in the week, the New Bothwell Fire Department 
visited the local school. “We had a firefighter rodeo at the high school,” Hiebert says. Students there competed to roll fire hoses, climb ladders, and run an obstacle course loaded down with heavy firefighting gear. Teachers were pitted against students.

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