Part-time firefighters seek and find community involvement

The North Battleford Part-time Firefighters Association has concluded their first sandbag fundraiser and they hope to make it an annual event. This year $1,500 was raised to donate to the community and they hope to do more for local causes.

Jon Kadler, president, said over the winter they sold sandbags for $5 each to anyone who needed them, providing a pickup location at K&K Glass and even delivery for a few orders.

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“We did some wholesaling out to various business in North Battleford and Battleford where they would receive a discounted price for different quantities ordered,” said Kadler. 

“We sold approx 280 bags with a late start,” he said, adding, “We hope to do more next year starting earlier in the winter.”

Others who helped with the fundraiser, said Kadler, were Lyle Schell, who donated a dollar value to the organization for costs incurred, Ken & Terry Construction, who helped by donating all the sand, K&K Glass who provided a pickup location, storage and the use of their truck and trailer to haul sand and deliver large orders, NRG Efficient Homes who also allowed the use of their truck and trailer to haul sand and Battleford Trade and Education Centre who sold the association their remaining unfilled sandbag bags, numbering 600 to 800 at a discounted price.

Kadler said, “Right at the start we were quite busy,” adding, “It seemed after the snow fell we would have a few people stop in to pick up bags or email us for deliveries, also businesses right at the beginning put in their orders and we were quickly busy filling those.”

He said they still have 30-40 bags remaining at K&K Glass if anyone is looking for some in case of flooding. They can be picked up Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. or contact them by email and they can deliver: nbparttimefirefighterassoc@hotmail.com

Kadler says the North Battleford Part-time Firefighters association was first established in January of 1977 and they are presently looking at other ways to contribute to the community.

“Any way we can help the community we will,” said Kadler. “We are currently talking among our association about a summer fundraiser. What that will be we still are figuring that out, but we hope to have something soon.”

He said they would like to have both summer and winter fundraisers annually to get out into the community, help out more and get more involved.

The sandbag fundraiser saw $1,000 donated to BTEC and $500 donated to Big Brothers and Big Sisters of the Battlefords.

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