Five days remain to purchase tickets for a chance to win a 2018 Harley Davidson Heritage Softail motorcycle.
The drawing, which will be held 6 p.m. Sept. 15 after the Balloon Days parade, is to raise funds to help cover the cost of new extrication equipment for Creston Fire Department.
The new cutter and a spreader are estimated at $20,000, for which the department hopes to raise funds and seek grants to cover the cost.
“These are the two main tools we use in extrication,” said Todd Jackson, Creston Fire chief.
Jackson said the department currently uses equipment with a hydraulic pump and is connected to the truck with 100 foot hose reels. The new equipment is battery operated and does not limit firefighters by distance.
“The big thing with this is the mandate is for vehicles to be safer. With that also comes with stronger steels. It’s harder for the older tools to cut through that metal. So, we need tools that have higher pressures that can cut through those,” said Jackson.
Jackson said the battery-operated extrication equipment will also allow firefighters to respond to accidents in other settings, such as being tangled in factory equipment or trapped in equipment on the farm.
“Again, we’re limited to 100 feet from the truck, so if someone is deep in a factory, we can’t get to them,” said Jackson.
Tickets are $20 for one or $100 for six and can be purchased from any fire department personnel or by stopping by Creston’s Restored Depot before the Balloon Days parade.
For more information about the raffle or the motorcycle, contact the Creston Volunteer Fire Department at 641-782-5610.