Vincent Fireman’s Ball set for Friday
Money raised goes toward fire equipment, as well as community causes
VINCENT — The largest fundraiser for Vincent Fire and Rescue will be this Friday, with opportunities for dinner, bidding on auction items and dancing in the street.
The 62nd annual Fireman’s Ball and Fundraiser will be held at Vincent Community Hall.
Vincent Fire Chief Heath Miller said the event is the biggest fundraiser for Vincent Fire & Rescue.
“It’s our main fundraiser for the year for equipment and training,” he said.
The fireman’s ball begins at 5 p.m. with a pork loin dinner, which will be served until 7:30 p.m.
It costs $15 per person, with children 10 years old and younger being $5.
Miller said an auction and street dance will begin after the dinner.
“We have a lot of donated items from people around the area,” he said. “Fort Dodge, Webster City, all around. The guys went around and hit them up for donations.”
In addition to the auction, there will also be a raffle for a Traeger pellet grill.
Raffle tickets can be purchased at the door or from any member of the Vincent Fire Department. It’s $5 per ticket or $20 for five tickets.
Miller said money raised from the event goes back to the Vincent community.
In the past, they’ve used it for multiple projects.
“We’ve actually built our own brush truck and then donated it to the Fire Department,” he said, adding that they’ve also given money to the Vincent Community Hall. Last year, they donated money to the Lotus Community Project, a homeless shelter for women and children.
First Capt. Robert Rake added the department also uses funds for equipment.
“We put money towards bunker gear, helmets, air packs,” he said. “Just general firefighting equipment. We also put money towards training firefighters because they have to go to school and take a course.”
In addition to the fundraiser, Miller said the department is constantly on the lookout for new members who want to join the volunteer department.
“We’re fortunate now,” he said. “We have a good group of young guys, but we could always use more.”
Firefighters in Vincent aren’t only trained in putting out fires. Miller said right now, including himself and Rake, there are six emergency medical technicians on the Fire Department, and they’ve got one in training.
Miller said the fireman’s ball has always been a popular fundraiser, and he credited the firefighters that came before him for getting it started.
“They started this, and we’ve been fortunate to keep it going all these years,” he said.
62 annual Fireman’s Ball
When: 5 p.m.
Cost: $15 per
10 and under, $5