Fire departments across the country have auxiliary groups to help support their mission. Now Juneau has one, too, and they’re looking to raise money the same way they got started — with pancake feeds.
The fledgling nonprofit Capital City Fire Auxiliary will be hosting a “Breakfast with Santa” pancake feed later this month at Thunder Mountain High School.
“We’re having Santa there, and it’ll be a good place to take family photos,” said Robyn Long, one of the auxiliary’s four founders. “It’ll be really fun.”
All proceeds from the event will go to the auxiliary, whose mission is to support local firefighters and to give back to the community.
Long and three other spouses of local firefighters — Erin Russell, Jennifer Jenkins and Sheila Cameron — founded the auxiliary group earlier this year. They obtained their nonprofit status and license in June.
Capital City Fire Auxiliary got its start by raising $3,000 from a pancake feed on the Fourth of July. They kept half the profits as seed money and donated the other half to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation for the families of the 19 Prescott, Ariz., firefighters who died fighting a wildfire north of Phoenix.
Long, the treasurer, said the idea of forming the auxiliary was spurred in the wake of the Gastineau Apartments fire on South Franklin Street last November. All Capital City Fire and Rescue firefighters in town responded to the call and extinguished the blaze over a span of nine hours.
In its aftermath, spouses said they wanted to create an entity that can provide support to their loved ones, whether it be by supplying food and drinks while they’re out on long calls, or moral support should a firefighter be injured. (No one was seriously injured in the Gastineau fire, although one firefighter was knocked unconscious by a loose hose and others on scene were treated for smoke inhalation. All the residents were evacuated safely.)
The group also wanted to create the auxiliary to support community events and to do community outreach. Long said they plan on purchasing the candy canes that will be passed out to kids during the “Santa on the Fire truck” Christmas parade. Other community outreach events are in the works, she said.
If you go:
What: Pancake Feed “Breakfast with Santa”
When: Saturday, Nov. 30, from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Where: Thunder Mountain High School
Cost: $10 for all you can eat
Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance at the downtown or valley fire stations.