Savoy firefighters host pancake breakfast to raise money for new tanker
SAVOY -- Pancakes, homefries, sausage, bacon, coffee and juice.
Try getting all of this for $8 anywhere else and you'd be laughed out of town -- but not at the Savoy Volunteer Fire Department on Sunday.
The department will hold an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. to noon to raise money for a new tanker truck.
Having already raised $30,000 toward the vehicle -- an especially important tool in a town without fire hydrants -- the department hopes to replace its 1973 and 1987 models with a single, new tanker.
The department is made up of only 10 firefighters and a handful of reserves, serves a town of more than 700 residents, and provides mutual aid to several neighboring communities, according to Chief Lawrence Ordyna.
The new tanker truck will cost between $190,000 and $250,000, Ordyna estimates. While the department has applied for a grant through the Department of Homeland Security, the outcome is still unknown.
"We've already raised money for it, and the town has already appropriated some funds for it also," Ordyna said.
The purchase of one truck to replace two older tankers will be cost-effective in the long-run, Ordyna noted, and important in a town without easy access to a municipal water supply.
The breakfast will be at the Savoy Fire House, at 17 Center Road. Meals will be $8 for adults and $5 for seniors and children. A 50/50 raffle will also be held.
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