The Hortonville-Hortonia Fire Department has a new piece of equipment to assist them in saving lives and property at remote locations.
The department recently purchased a new UTV off-road rescue vehicle. The purchase is the result of generous donations and fundraising efforts over the past two-years.
“Each year, the money we raise goes towards updating our fire equipment,” said Assistant Fire Chief Jack Kuhnke. “For the past two years the money we raised, along with numerous donations, helped us purchase the new off road rescue Gator with Trax’s.”
He said the new unit would be used to fight grass fires, and assist with off-road rescue operations in remote places.
“With the tracks, we can go anywhere,” he said.
Kuhnke was thankful for the overwhelming community support on the project.
“Without them, this would not have been possible,” said Kuhnke.
He read off a list of business and individual sponsors that were vital to the project.
Kuhnke also thanked area fire departments who attended and participated in this year’s water fights, softball tournament, dance and raffle.
“We hope to see everyone again next year,” said Kuhnke. The Water fights and Dance are scheduled for June 20, 2015, and the annual Fire Department Softball Tournament is the last weekend in July.