TAHOMA, Cal. (KRNV & MyNews4.com)-- The Meeks Bay Fire Protection District is raising money to help purchase a new fire engine and this weekend they hosted their 46th annual pancake breakfast. Some families we spoke to say they've made it a part of their 4th of July tradition.
"The people are supporting the fire district here the money goes to a good cause, buys equipment, helps get things that we need for the engines and for the fire station and it gets us a chance to talk to community members about fire safety," Meeks Fire Protection District Public Information Officer David Zaski.
Meeks Bay Fire typically serves anywhere from 1,500 to 2,200 breakfasts each year and the hope is to raise about $10,000 to $15,000.
The Meeks Fire Protection District has volunteer fire fighters as well as full-time staff.
Information on defensible space and how to keep your home safe from wildfire during this extremely dry season was passed out. Smokey the bear even made a special appearance to help share the message.
Zaski says the goal this year is to raise enough money to help get equipment for a new fire engine.
He tells News 4 the starting cost alone for a wildfire engine is $250,000.
"Our fire truck here is 25 years old, it's not updated and we need a new one so we did budget for that. We're going to be buying a fire truck and some of the money from the pancake breakfast will be going to buy equipment for that fire truck," Zaski says.
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