Up until this weekend it has been very dry with numerous brush fires igniting. The cost of fighting them quickly adds up, so the Waterloo Volunteer Fire Department held a tasty fundraiser Sunday morning.
The dry and windy conditions have kept them busy. “This year has been a really, really busy year with brush fires, not only in our district, but for mutual aid for other districts,” said Waterloo Rescue Capt. Dale Stork.
Those types of fires can be expensive, so they raised money by serving a hot breakfast at the department in return for a donation.
“We always want to support our local community and the fire department and what they do because they do fantastic work,” said Kelly Hinrichs, who brought the family. His son was excited to dig in. “Two pancakes, two sausages and o.j.”
Firefighters said the money raised would go to keeping their operation running, including buying equipment like foam needed to fight brush fires. It's a cause many families support. Ann Spires knows firsthand the good work done by Waterloo and Valley firefighters. “I've got a medical condition where I've had to use Valley a couple of times and it's really, really beneficial.”
The fire department expected to raise between $5,000 and $7,000. If you weren't able to make it for breakfast, they are always accepting donations.