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Hiawatha Fire Department holds annual fundraiser Nov. 5
by Report Submitted · October 31st, 2016

The Hiawatha Fire Department will hold its annual chili supper on Saturday, Nov. 5, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., at the Hiawatha Fire Station.

The cost is $5 and includes a bowl of chili, hot dog or brat, and dessert. Hiawatha firefighters will begin preparing ingredients Thursday night, and begin cooking the chili on Friday. The firefighters will prepare and serve over 25 roasters of their secret-recipe chili.

All proceeds will go to the Hiawatha Firefighters Association. According to Hiawatha Fire Chief, Mike Nesslage, the proceeds will go this year toward the purchase of two thermal imager cameras, or "Infrared Cameras."

"The cameras are used to 'see' in a smoky atmosphere," said Nesslage. "This allows us to find trapped victims faster, to find the fire faster, and see obstructions or hazards that could injure or trap fallen firefighters."

The fire department currently has one thermal imaging camera that is about 10 years old. A new camera would cost approximately $10,000.

"The goal is to add two more, which would allow three fire crews to each have a camera to use."

The Hiawatha Fire Department is a mostly volunteer fire department that is comprised of 40 volunteers, three part-time, and four full-time firefighters.

"We provide fire protection to all of Hiawatha, in addition to southern portions of Monroe Township. In addition, the Hiawatha Fire Department provides advanced life support ambulance service to Hiawatha, Palo, Shellsburg, Pleasant Creek State Park, Duane Arnold Energy Center and surrounding areas."

For more information, visit the Hiawatha Fire Department's Facebook page.
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