Webster-Calhoun Cooperative Telephone Association Donated $5,000 To The Badger All Volunteer Fire And Rescue Department To Use For The Purchase Of A New Pumper Truck

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The Badger All Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department not only volunteers their services they must also work to raise the funds to purchase equipment to fight fires and along with rescue and EMS services. Webster-Calhoun Cooperative Telephone Association (WCCTA) provides telecommunication services to the Badger area and recently donated funds towards the $250,000 needed to replace the 1989 pumper truck.

Webster Calhoun Cooperative Telephone Association

“Webster-Calhoun Cooperative Telephone Association is here to not only provide telecommunication services to the areas we serve but also to support projects that benefit the community and people we serve,” says Marcie Boerner, Office Manager for WCCTA.

Area communities depend on the volunteers that staff the fire and rescue department servicing them. These same volunteers not only give their time and, in some cases, their lives to the community but must also work towards raising the funds to purchase the equipment needed to provide the fire and rescue services.

The Badger All Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department is currently working towards raising the $250,000 it will cost to replace the 1989 pumper truck the department uses at all the fires and rescues they are called out on. The area served by this department is over 60 square miles. Cargill, CJ Bio America, KOCH Nitrogen and the Fort Dodge Regional Airport are located within the territory.

Recently the Badger All Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department participated in the Fort Dodge Regional Airport Disaster Drill and trained side by side with other area fire departments in case of an emergency airplane crash at the airport. The department brought their pumper truck to be used to refill the airport fire truck at the disaster reenactment.

A Fort Dodge fire that destroyed a church that had been renovated into housing at 1st Avenue North and 11th Street required assistance from the volunteers of the Badger Fire and Rescue. In case of an emergency, the Badger Fire and Rescue is called in to assist and support the Fort Dodge Fire Department along with other area departments such as Barnum, Clare, Humboldt and Vincent.

WCCTA donated $5,000 towards the current campaign to raise funds for the new pumper truck. The back-up pumper truck for the department is a vintage 1971 Breda/International and is only usable on a limited basis.

“Webster-Calhoun Cooperative Telephone Association is here to not only provide telecommunication services to the areas we serve but also to support projects that benefit the community and people we serve,” says Marcie Boerner, Office Manager for WCCTA.

A capital campaign to raise the remaining funds is currently underway and all the volunteers at the Badger Fire and Rescue are joining in to accomplish the goal. An upcoming event, Firehouse Rock, will feature a dinner, live auction and the Vic Ferrari band scheduled for August 8th at the Badger Ball Park. In case of rain, the event will be held in the Badger Fire Station. Tickets for the event are available from the volunteer members and online at EventBrite.

Webster-Calhoun Cooperative Telephone Association is located at 1106 Beek Street, Gowrie, IA 50543. It has a Fiber driven network and provides landline telephone, Internet and digital television service to the Iowa communities of Gowrie, Pilot Mound, Vincent, Thor, Churdan, Knierim, Somers, Barnum, Duncombe, Farnhamville, Badger, Clare, Moorland, Boxholm, Lanyon and Paton. Additional information is available by calling 515-352-3151 or visiting http://www.wccta.com.

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