Fire fighters all over the country constantly put others well being ahead of their own, and put their lives in danger to ensure the safety of the communities they serve. Friday night the community of Wauseon returned the favor by supporting the fire department’s feather party.
Citizens gathered at the Fire Hall located on Clinton Street in Wauseon for the annual event. Volunteers served food for donations, there was a bouncy house and games for kids, raffles for prizes, and bingo. Feather party goers also participated in auctions for various items, all to help raise money for the event. The money that was received goes directly to the fire department to help them buy new equipment. “This event allows us to serve the needs the citizens more effectively” said Wauseon fire fighter Sean Rossman “…the fire department uses funds raised from the feather party to purchase equipment and tools to better serve the community.
The Wauseon Fire Department currently has 33 men and women who have spent their own time and money to get certified and trained. These 33 heroes do more than just put out fires, they are active members of the community who are involved in many activities. The Wauseon Fire Department helps to put on the Fouth of July fireworks show every year, donates free smoke detectors to the first grade students of Wauseon Primary School, train citizens in CPR, and guard the railroad tracks during the homecoming, just to name a few things that the department does to help out the city of Wauseon.
The most important thing the department does those is to be first responders when an emergency happens. In 2012, the department responded to over 1,200 calls. These men and women drop what they are doing in order to ensure the safety and well being of every member of the community.
According to Rossman, the Fire Department and the community as a whole support each other, and that is what makes these events so important. “It means a lot to see the community support us.” Rossman said “We have a lot of nice equipment and they are a big reason why we are here and can do what we do.”