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Forest Fire Department has busy first quarter

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By Ryan Burnette-Lieutentant/PIO
Forest Vol Fire Department

    The first quarter of the year has been extremely busy for Forest Fire Department.
    March brought 53 calls for service, the largest being a 25 acre brush fire on Old Cifax Road. First Quarter totals for calls were 139, up 21 calls from the first quarter last year.
    Members logged over 5,500 man hours this quarter responding to calls, training, public education, maintenance, fundraising, and administrative duties.
    We thank everyone who came out and made our February Stew a success. Our current fundraiser is a gun raffle. The drawing is May 3, at our Ladies Auxiliary Spring Fling.
    First Prize is a Bushmaster MOE M4 AR 15 556/223, Second Prize is a Kimber Solo SS 9mm. Tickets are $5 apiece and can be purchased from any firefighter.
    Look out for our first newsletter in the mail soon with more information about the department and upcoming fundraisers.
    As always we thank the community for your continued support.