Vincent Fireman’s Ball is an annual tradition

VINCENT — The music of Salty View’s Acoustic Review will be featured during the Vincent Fire and Rescue 61st annual Fireman’s Ball.

This Friday night, the annual celebration will be held starting with dinner at 5 p.m. at the Vincent Community Hall.

“It’s been quite a tradition,” Vincent Fire Capt. Robert Rake said.

The pulled pork dinner will be catered by Howard Ball, who always provides a good meal, Rake said. As usual, an auction will follow, with items donated from around the community.

After the auction is a street dance, featuring Salty View.

This is the biggest fundraiser of the year for Vincent Fire and Rescue, Rake said.

“It’s not only about promoting our department, it’s also about community spirit, and keeping things happening in smaller communities, to show we’re not just a bunch of bedroom towns,” he said. “It brings people together and shows community spirit.”

The funds pay for training and equipment, Rake said. But there is one thing in particular the department needs, as well.

“We’re trying to encourage people in the community, especially younger people, men and women alike, to join our department, to train to become EMTs and Firefighter 1,” he said. “That’s one of the things I’m campaigning for.

“We have about 20 people on the department, we have six EMTs total.”

Vincent Fire and Rescue 61st Annual Fireman’s Ball

• Friday, Vincent Community Hall

• Pulled pork dinner 5-8 p.m., catered by Howard Ball. Auction to follow

• Street Dance 8 p.m. to midnight, featuring the music of Salty View

• $12 per person; children 10 and under $5