Juneau firefighters are raising money to host an award banquet ceremony for the fire department.
Capital City Fire/Rescue Chief Richard Etheridge says the department no longer has money in its budget to fund social events, and they are relying on fundraising this year.
The banquet traditionally honors the firefighter and medic of the year, company officer of the year and a special team member of the year from either the Rope Rescue Team, Water Rescue Team or the HAZMAT team.
In years past, the banquet was partially funded by the fire department’s budget, grants and donations from the volunteer firefighter associations and the firefighters union.
A federal grant from the firefighter retention program will be covering the cost of the plaques this year.
Etheridge said the fire department is looking to raise about $2,000 to cover the rest of the costs. Fundraising efforts began this month.
One fundraising event is a pancake feed to be held from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 1, at Thunder Mountain High School, 3101 Riverside Drive.
Tickets cost $10 and can be purchased at the door or by calling CCFR headquarters at 586-5322.
All proceeds will go towards covering the awards banquet.
The banquet is usually held in December, but this year it is slated to take place in mid-January.
Etheridge said the banquet is sponsored by the Local International Association of Firefighters Union. It’s made possible by the efforts of the career and volunteer staff and several of the spouses in the department.
Etheridge said Robyn Long, the wife of Division Chief Brian Long, is coordinating the fundraiser for the banquet.
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