Netawaka firefighters donate AED to Netawaka Fitness Center

Hiawatha World – February 13, 2017

Pictured (l-r) Scott Steffes, NFC General Manager; Jon Edwards, NFD Fire Chief; Loren Edwards, NFD Captain; Jon Banaka, NFD Lieutenant; Alan Slipke, NFD Firefighter; Dave Williams, NFC; “Coach” Friese, NFC; Tony Myers, NFC Assistant Manager; Mary Williams, NFC; Mary Macy, NFD Firefighter; Rusty Bontrager, NFD Captain and Steve Banaka, NFD Assistant Fire Chief. Click on photo to view full-size.

Pictured (l-r) Scott Steffes, NFC General Manager; Jon Edwards, NFD Fire Chief; Loren Edwards, NFD Captain; Jon Banaka, NFD Lieutenant; Alan Slipke, NFD Firefighter; Dave Williams, NFC; “Coach” Friese, NFC; Tony Myers, NFC Assistant Manager; Mary Williams, NFC; Mary Macy, NFD Firefighter; Rusty Bontrager, NFD Captain and Steve Banaka, NFD Assistant Fire Chief. Click on photo to view full-size.

On Wednesday, Feb. 8, the Netawaka Firefighters met with staff at the Netawaka Fitness Center and presented them with an AED (Automated External Defibrillator.)

Last year, Dave Williams with the Netawaka Fitness Center, approached the firefighters about the need for an AED. While it took a few months to work out, Williams’ request was well-timed as the Fire Department was preparing to update their AED to a new unit that was more compatible with the local EMS provider, Jackson County EMS. Working with Jackson County EMS, the Netawaka Fire Department was able to obtain a new, compatible AED at a reduced cost. Once training was completed, the new AED was placed into service at the Fire Department and with approval from the Netawaka Rural Fire District No. 6 Fire Board, the surplus AED device was able to be presented to the Netawaka Fitness Center.

Scott Steffes, General Manager for the Center, accepted the AED and expressed appreciation on behalf of the Netawaka Fitness Center not only for the AED but for all that the Firefighters do for the community. A former volunteer firefighter himself, Scott understands the level of commitment it takes to serve as an active volunteer. Hopefully it is never needed but Firefighters and Fitness Center staff all agreed it is much better to have the device and not need it than to need it and not have it.

By working together with other professional organizations like both Jackson County EMS, and the Netawaka Fitness Center, Netawaka Firefighters continue to serve their community and offer valuable services with about a dozen professional volunteers.

 

Posted by Gwen Dorr Romine, KSFFA Webmaster
http://www.ksffa.com
KSFFA’s Fire News Blog Home Page

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