Ladies save fire equipment

Wednesday, July 25, 2012 - 11:59

From the Knik Arm Courier, Sept. 26, 1962


Two Chugiak housewives have temporarily saved the fire equipment belonging to the Chugiak Vounteer Fire Company from repossession by the Department of Civil Defense.

Mrs. Kathy Walker and her neighbor, Mrs. Vi Hall, were concernred by the lack of response to an appeal for funds by Fire Chief Art Wallace, and volunteered their services to conduct a house to house canvass to collect money for the fire company.

Carrying the fireman’s traditional red round-bottomed bucket for identification, Mrs. Hall and Mrs. Walker have already contacted approximately one-third of the residents of the area served by the Chugiak Volunteer Fire Company and have collected around $250.

Chief Wallace told the ladies that this in itself is enough to winterize the equipment and heat the fire hall until the first of the year.

Mrs. Walker pointed out, however, that this initial drive is only a temporary measure, and that in order to be able to retain the equipment on a permanent basis, some regular system of fund raising must be established. The ladies are thinking of organizing a group of teenagers into an auxiliary to the Volunteer Fire Company. The pair also felt that a ladies auxiliary could do much toward raising money. They plan a combination bake and rummage sale to be held at the fire hall sometime in October.


This column is provided by the Chugiak-Eagle River Historical Society. Reach them at [email protected] or leave a message at 688-4706.

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