BIRDSEYE — Patoka Lake will celebrate Smokey Bear’s birthday with a party from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 7, at Patoka Lake Nature Center.
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When Coby Huggins started at the Van Buren Township Fire Department, it was made up of volunteer firefighters. It since then has evolved into a hybrid department with two full-time paid employees, including the chief and an emergency medical technician, and 30 volunteers.
Rural and volunteer fire departments from 46 counties have been awarded more than $297,000 in Volunteer Fire Assistance grants.
They don't do it for the money. Or, for the glory. They do it because they want to.
When the Deputy Volunteer Fire Department station caught fire on Dec. 17, it took 30 minutes before anyone knew to call 911. The fire company was able to get out a grass truck, but lost the three others.
By the time dispatch receives an emergency fire or medical call, gets it into the system and dispatches Lafayette Township Volunteer Fire Department to the scene, it will take six to eight minutes for the firefighters to leave the station.
An area fire department's public safety day will mix education with fun this weekend.