I've always had a soft spot for firefighters ( I even married one). Growing up working in recreation I unfortunately had to call on them for their expertise. Hockey and ice-skating injuries were never very pretty. I guess you can say they were part of my peers - we provided basic first responder duties and they took care of the rest - usually involving bones not going in the right direction. These are the people that run towards the danger when the rest of us run the other way. Without a strong local fire department our communities suffer.
We have just that in Tusayan, a small fire district that is comprised of half career firefighters and half volunteer firefighters. They are devoted to making a difference in our community. They respond to roughly 350 calls each year from structural fires, wildland fires, motor vehicle accidents, medical assistance and more for not only our local residents but millions of visitors that come through each year.
I always feel the Fire Department is the heart of a community. In additional to all of their duties above they do station tours, school field trips, CPR classes, Fire Extinguisher Safety Classes, Community Events - July 4th, our half-Marathon, pictures with Santa, smoke detector programs and much more....
Like many small districts they face continual financial struggles. This next year may be their biggest challenge ever as their local funding has been severely cut. As soon as I heard of their struggle I invited them to our event. I know many of you have had the assistance of the local fire department and well - I knew you'd want to help. Come and support the Tusayan Fire Department’s 1st Annual Pancake Breakfast on November 2, 2019 starting at 8 am. Located in the IMAX parking lot, T.F.D. will have a pancake breakfast, coffee, and hot chocolate available for sale from 8 am - 12 pm.
Marathon note...The Tusayan Fire Department will also be staffing our first aid station.