The quiet of a summer’s night was broken around 10 p.m. last Friday night.
A residence along STH 32/57 just south of Chilton was filling with smoke.
The call went out and within minutes firefighters were arriving at the scene from Chilton, New Holstein, and other area departments. These were well-trained firefighters with top-notch equipment. They quickly handled the situation, and although smoke and fire had done its damage the home was still standing Saturday morning.
This is a scenario which is repeated a number of times every year in this area—an area which is blessed to have volunteer fire departments which truly care about providing the best service they can to their friends and neighbors.
That does not happen by accident. Like most things, it requires resources—a lot of money and people who care. With most municipalities facing tight budgets, volunteer fire departments in this area know they have to raise funds if they are going to stay on top of their game.
That is where anyone reading this editorial enters the picture as this weekend they have the opportunity to help. The annual New Holstein Firefighter’s Picnic will be held Friday through Sunday at Civic Park. It will include all the usual favorites—the area’s biggest fireworks show on Saturday night at 9:45 p.m., the big parade on Sunday, bands, food, beverages, and more.
This year a special gun raffle is being held for the sole purpose of funding some replacement cutting equipment primarily used at accident scenes. Proceeds from the picnic will be used to continue to pay off the training tower which was built several years ago on the city’s northeast side. That tower has been used by firefighters from throughout the state to hone their skills. A group from the Milwaukee area which works to provide firefighter training raves about the facility and the cooperation everyone from the community seems to have in support of firefighters.
In addition to patronizing the picnic this weekend, there are other opportunities to help. Volunteers are needed to help at the picnic, and the NHFD is presently looking for several new firefighters.
It is the public’s turn to help a group which is ready anytime the call goes out. —Mark Sherry